Ethics Statement

I believe that taking on the role of an educator is one of the two most important roles a person can assume – the other role being that of a parent. The role of an educator demands that one be compassionate, devoted, and principled. It is my desire as an educator to provide my students with the best possible guidance, inspiration, and education to help each and every one of them become to their fullest potential. The following

five principles are standards of ethical behavior and conduct that I believe to be key to the ethical accomplishment of these goals.

Principle 1: Nurture and promote the academic, psychological, physical, and social potential of each student to his or her fullest.

  1. I will promote the growth of all students by establishing and maintaining high expectations.
  2. I will acknowledge and support the dignity and worth of all students.
  3. I will protect and support the physical and psychological safety of all students.
  4. I will respect and maintain the privacy of my students; I shall not disclose student information, unless the disclosure serves a professional purpose or is required by law.

Principle 2: Each child needs and deserves a secure, caring, and inspiring environment in which to blossom and flourish.

  1. I will promote the growth of all students by establishing and maintaining a secure, caring, and inspiring classroom.
  2. I will strive to meet the individual needs of each student and ensure their access to meaningful and inclusive experiences.
  3. I will advocate for the conditions and resources that will enhance and promote the growth of my students.
  4. I will utilize assessments that provide intelligible and meaningful data, and utilize the information to promote student success.

Principle 3: Collaboration with families, colleagues, and community members is an important vehicle for positive change in the lives of our children.

  1. I will encourage and support colleagues to develop and maintain high standards.
  2. I will act collegially with those providing my students with services.
  3. I will respect and maintain the privacy of the families with whom I work.
  4. I will respect the culture, values, beliefs, and wishes of the families with whom I work, acknowledging that their diversity is a meaningful and important part of who they are.
  5. I will encourage and support the active and meaningful involvement of student family members.

Principle 4: Professional knowledge is key to student success.

  1. I will maintain a high level of professional competence and assure that my students receive a relevant, meaningful, and inclusive 21st century education.
  2. I will seek the most recent information on subject matter, student needs, and approaches to providing, to promote the success of my students.
  3. I will consciously continue to grow and improve myself as a professional.

Principle 5: Seek to maintain the highest level of professionalism.

  1. I will acknowledge the obligation of trust and respect my position places on me.
  2. I will recognize that I am a confidant, mentor, and advocate for my students.
  3. I will be continually aware of my mission, values, and ethics and I will practice the art of teaching appropriately.

My Philosophy of Education

I believe that each child is a unique and dynamic individual with his/her own strengths, needs, learning style, and personality.  Each child needs and deserves a secure, caring, and inspiring environment in which to blossom and flourish emotionally, intellectually, socially, and physically.  It is my desire as an educator to provide my students with the learning environment necessary to motivate and inspire each and every one of them to become to their fullest potential.  There are four elements that I believe to be necessary to accomplish these goals, the teacher must (1) function as a facilitator, (2) provide balance and consistency, (3) meet the needs of the students, and (4) acknowledge humanity.

As a teacher my role is to provide my students with the skills needed to succeed.  When the teacher assumes the role of a facilitator, providing access to information instead of functioning as the primary source of information, the students will flourish.  Creating an environment ripe with opportunities for discovery and exploration – allowing the students to learn at their own pace, generate questions and construct knowledge, while providing hands-on practice of skills in authentic situations – makes learning intriguing and meaningful to the students.  Such a carefully planned and constructed learning environment also allows the teacher more time to meet the individual needs of each student.

Equally important to a well-prepared learning environment, to facilitate learning, is providing students with balance and consistency.  Young students require a balance between various classroom dimensions, including activities guided by the teacher and independent work, quiet work and active work, gross motor and fine motor activities, and open and closed aspects to the curriculum and classroom materials.  Consistency is also a required condition for learner success.  Schedules (daily and weekly), the enforcement of classroom rules, and student expectations should not be in flux but remain steadfast.  Without a sense of consistency in the classroom, school life would lack the necessary feeling of safety and reliability young children need to focus, to take risks, and to thrive.

If the teacher is to meet the students’ needs, he/she must know and plan for those specific needs.  The educator must take a holistic approach to teaching and learning, and plan to cultivate all dimensions of the developing child – moral, social-emotional, physical, creative, psychological, as well as intellectual. Decisions regarding the well-being and education of students must be based on developmentally appropriate practices – knowledge of the students’ age and stage, their individual needs, and their family and cultural background.  The implementation of developmentally appropriate practices and holistic teaching requires the teacher to take the time to know and understand the students – through observation, interaction, active listening and involvement.

None of this is possible, nor does it matter, if the teacher does not treat his/her students as human beings.  He/she must show students respect and help them develop a deep love and respect for themselves if they are expected to learn and grow, let alone respect others or our world.  To accomplish these goals the teacher must model the qualities and temperament he/she wishes the students to demonstrate, show them respect for their time, presence, and effort, take a judicious approach to discipline, have clear and consistent expectations, and allow for open expression.

For myself, teaching is about giving; giving the students support and security, giving them respect and dignity, giving them opportunities to succeed and a quality education, and not only giving them my time and effort but also giving myself.  Our society requires its children to not only receive a solid education, but that they are taught by a highly qualified educator who is sensitive to their individual needs and deeply committed to their success.  I am such a person and will always strive to do the very best by my students.