I believe whole-heartedly that all children can learn.  I believe teachers are obligated to set the highest expectations for all students.  The teacher will instill in them not only content but also the tools that promote self-confidence, believing in themselves, hard work and perseverance so they can succeed as productive citizens in a global society.  As educators, we are supposed to utilize our past experiences to make meaningful and relevant connections in our instruction to help form the minds of our students.  I am a strong believer in teaching respect through expectations and that every student deserves to knows that they are valued and capable.