I’ve committed my professional career to improving the lives of children and youth with or at-risk for emotional and/or behavioral disorders (EBD). These children continue to be among the most challenging populations of to serve and research continues to confirm the dismal short- and long-term outcomes for they experience. Yet, many of us know at least one child that has improved, one child that has responded to intervention, one child that succeeded in school and beyond. For me, that one child represents my enduring commitment to serving children with EBD. First, I am that child. Growing up, I experienced many of the predictors of EBD, including high poverty, limited adult supervision, and a desire to escape. What drives my research is the need to know why I did not end up like so many others, why I responded. Second, I am an educator of children with some of the most profound behavioral challenges, yet I’ve never lost hope because of something a mentor once told me: “if you can help one child, just one, escape poverty, escape crime, achieve a better life, then you entire career was worth it”. What do I enjoy about what I do? I enjoy the opportunity I’ve been given to help many children to be successful. However, as long as I help just one, then my career and everything I’ve done has been worth it.