~An Educator’s Pledge~
The requirements of excellence today challenge me to bring a sense of artistry to my work by building bridges between heads and hearts and making certain that my heart and soul are engaged in my work with children.
It is said, if I work with my hands, I am a laborer. If I work with my hands and my head, I am a craftsman. If I work with my hands, head, and heart and soul, I am an artist. To inspire a mind, first I must touch a heart.
Before children can learn rigorous content from skilled practitioners, children need encouragement, someone to talk to, someone to listen, and standards to live by. My relationships with students are the foundation upon which all learning can occur.