A heart-centered approach to academic achievement is the most important, however, often missed aspect of teaching. CEI's focus on mindfulness connects many and CEI's constant collaboration with surrounding communities shows its ability to reach many. CEI's focus on mindfulness has resonated deeply with me, especially as I consider the effect of my instructors on my learning. My instructors who practiced a more heart-centered approach encouraged me to perform well, aim high, and succeed farther than my own expectations. I will never forget the instructors who supported my successes along the way. If CEI's heart-centered approach can reach more instructors, more children will be encouraged to to perform well, aim high, and succeed farther than their own expectations.