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Real Teachers Discuss the Importance of Ethics for Professional Educators


Video duration: 2:53

On-screen: [To be a professional…]

On-screen:Speakers: Jadun O. McCarthy, JD, Director, Performance Management; Michael Dunlea, Second Grade Teacher; Monique Mitchell, American Government Teacher, Teacher Leader; Barbara Benglian, High School Music Teacher; Jennifer Fuller, Director of Theatre; Brian Curtin, High School English Teacher; Carol Strickland, Executive Director, National Teachers Hall of Fame; Stella Castilla, Elementary Teacher; Kimberly Worthy, History and English Language Arts Teacher; Amanda Miliner, Fourth Grade Teacher.

Amanda Miliner – What does it mean to be a professional?

Stella Castilla – It's not just another job.

On-screen: [I’m making a commitment…]

Barbara Benglian – I am making a commitment, a commitment to my students.

Stella Castilla – A commitment to my school.

Amanda Miliner – A commitment to myself as a professional.

Jadun McCarthy – When I think of the word professional, I think about someone who is at the top of their craft. In the work world, there are lots of jobs, but there are few professions.

Michael Dunlea – I think the word professional to me as an educator, means that you have a vested interest in the profession and not just the job.

Monique Mitchell – A professional educator is one that has clear standards and expectations that are set forth by them each and every day. And they understand that their work inside the classroom is important, but also the work that they do outside of the classroom is equally important.

On-screen: [I represent the entire profession…]

Barbara Benglian – The words I speak and the actions I take make a lasting impression.

Jennifer Fuller – I'm not that much older than the kids in my classroom, but it's my job to be the adult in the room.

Stella Castilla – 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, I am the role model.

Barbara Benglian – The kids are our customers, and we can't let them ever leave our grasp without serving them well.

Jennifer Fuller – Our actions reflect on the actions of everybody else that's in our school system.

Brian Curtin – As an educator, we have a responsibility to our students not only in the classroom, but outside the classroom. We have a responsibility to the parents and to the community members to conduct ourselves with professionalism.

Carol Strickland – I think educators are faced with ethical dilemmas on a daily basis. Sometimes we're faced with policy decisions we may not agree with, and we have to decide, am I willing to take a stand and do that for my profession or my students?

Stella Castilla – You always have to keep that hat on as a teacher, you know, no matter where you are.

Michael Dunlea – We call it the fish bowl effect. You're in there and people are watching you. They're listening, they're hearing what you're saying. And you need to be cognizant of the fact that you have to respect the dignity of your students at all times.

Kimberly Worthy – There needs to be transparency. So there needs to be a clear set of ideas of what our school believes is ethical behavior.

Amanda Miliner – First have integrity to do what's right when no one's looking, because we are ultimately role models for our students and for the community.

Jadun McCarthy – Keeping the kids first, and making sure that you live your life as if everyone is always watching, I think are the two biggest pieces of advice that will help educators be successful.

On-screen: [We are Professional Educators.]

Barbara Benglian – My work should reflect my values.

Carol Strickland – I have to have integrity so my actions promote the profession.

Jadun McCarthy – It's up to me to be aware of my words and actions.

Michael Dunlea – It's a challenge every day, but I love it.

Monique Mitchell – I am.

Michael Dunlea – I am.

Carol Strickland – I am a professional educator.

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