I am called and gifted to be a teacher in public education. As such, I commit to begin each day believing in and expecting the best of each of my students, regardless of the successes and/or failures of the previous day.
Inside the classroom, I maximize the time by creating learning opportunities to keep the students involved in the learning process. I strive not to waste time—my time or theirs—and to model for them a work ethic and a commitment to excellence. As I model a passion for learning and for my subject matter, I can inspire the same in them. Outside the classroom, I am still a teacher and a role model for my students. At school events, in a public restaurant, on a walking trail, at home, and in church I am the same as I am in the classroom.
I am committed to excellence, passion and integrity.
I will live my life in this way,
and I will seek to develop these traits in my students as well.
As part of my graduate work a few years ago, I was assigned to write my "personal, professional mission statement". This was a valuable reflective exercise, as I put into writing the thoughts in my head and the desires in my heart.