My Experience At Pleasant Valley High School

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Educators are extremely dynamic people. Not only are they teachers, but they are also students, friends, confidantes, coaches, and more. In order to be a successful educator, one must know his or her content well and also exhibit professionalism in all aspects of his or her life. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, professionalism is defined as “the skill, good judgment, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well” ( When I hear the word professionalism, I automatically think of tattoos, social media, and appropriate language/attire. After some in-depth discussion with my classmates and teachers, I have come to realize that professionalism encompasses so much more. Professional development, also referred to as lifelong learning, is a major component of professionalism as well. In my internship experience at Pleasant Valley High School, I believe that I have displayed many aspects of professionalism, which is a major component of my own teaching philosophy. I initially thought that professionalism meant outer appearance and appropriate language/behavior. I still do believe that this is a crucial part of professionalism. I am a firm believer in conducting myself in a manner that will represent my family, school, and students well. One example of my determination to act as a professional both in and out of the classroom is to keep my social media not only private, but free from inappropriate pictures/posts;
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