At a time when most of us felt pressure to conform, Mr. Tinsley showed me it was okay to be different. He had pronounced paralysis from polio and carried himself with a casual dignity that endeared him to all of us. He made learning participatory and fun, and he rewarded us for bringing our best game even if it made us stand out. Whenever I’m tempted to make myself smaller just to blend in, I think of his encouragement and example. Thank you, Mr. Tinsley, for making it okay to come to play.