Joshua Thomas speaks to 9th graders about why "Leadership is... Passion."Mr. Thomas's favorite thing about teaching is seeing how the students choose to interact and conceptualize content in different ways. But above all, he loves to develop meaningful relationships with his students. He is passionate about learning, speci?cally about different cultures, histories, and people- which makes traveling one of his favorite things to do. He is proud of being the ?rst person in his family to graduate from college. He was inspired by great teachers here at James River High School, and his goal was to one day try to emulate them by becoming a teacher and coach. One thing that few people know about him is that he has a secret dream to one day teach and live in Tallinn, Estonia or somewhere else really cool and unique in [email protected] is an independently organized TEDx event based at James River High School in Midlothian, VA.In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations).