Nicholas passed his thesis—one step closer to his Ph.D.

In February 1996, the school diagnostician called my son, Nicholas, "the worst child I've seen in twenty years of teaching!"

In Lubbock, Texas, Nicholas met his best, most influential teacher, Emma Leyendecker Lovering Stewart, whose words I like the way you think placed him on a positive academic trajectory. Yesterday, after five and half hours, he completed his Viva (oral exam) at Oxford University—one step closer to completing his Phil. What an extraordinary achievement!