I believe teachers have the most important job on earth.
I believe my students deserve my best every day and that I can only teach students effectively if I love them.
I believe Dumbledore was right: my choices are far more important than my abilities.
I believe that I am not where I am, doing what I do by accident.
I believe in the power of collaboration, that self-reflection is an essential part of growth, and that educators who aren’t learning are regressing: two heads are better than one … and 45 heads are many hundreds of times better than one.
I believe love is stronger than fear and relationships are more important than rules.
I believe that what educators do changes the course of young lives … one way or the other.
I believe that my students learn much differently than I did and that they will not reach their full potential if I value the preservation of tradition over preparing them for the future they will live in.
I believe that dogmatism and leading by checklist are excellent ways to maintain the status quo and to ensure mediocrity.
I believe a major part of my job is to recruit and develop and empower great teachers … and to protect them from bureaucracy.