I Believe…


  • That EVERY CHILD MATTERS (regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, culture, etc.)
  • Everyone should be represented in classroom materials and content
  • All learning styles should be supported
  • Every person has the right to be addressed by their preferred pronouns and identifications
  • Education is a two-way street
  • The world needs all kinds of minds and learners
  • To get respect, you need to give it
  • Big issues or topics need to be addressed
  • There is a difference between avoiding evil and doing good (“avoiding evil is not enough, actively pursue goodness,”)
  • Every voice deserves to be heard
  • Brain breaks are needed
  • That the truth is not always comfortable, but we need the truth so that we don’t make the same mistakes again
  • Relationships are the best way to build knowledge
  • Students should feel comfortable communicating and expressing their feelings, thoughts, and ideas
  • Educational spaces should be safe, welcoming, and accessible for everyone
  • Pronouns should never be assumed
  • It’s not possible to learn if you are not willing to listen
  • That there is no place for judgment in the classroom
  • Differences create wonderful opportunities to teach and learn
  • Every day brings something new to learn
  • That sometimes your own personal sharing is more important than anything academic or intellectual
  • Context in behavior is important
  • It is okay to ask questions
  • It is okay to ask for help