Childhood is a unique and valuable stage in the
human life cycle. Our paramount responsibility is to
provide care and education in settings that are safe,
healthy, nurturing, and responsive for each child

Professional Behavior

  • We shall honor and respect our responsibilities to colleagues while upholding the dignity and autonomy of colleagues and maintaining collegial interprofessional and intraprofessional relationships.
  • We shall honor and respect the rights, knowledge, and skills of the multidisciplinary colleagues with whom we work recognizing their unique contributions to children, families, and the field of early childhood special education.

~Division for Early Childhood (DEC)  Code of Ethics

Many times we focus on getting the children within our programs to play, learn, and grow together, and forget to put in efforts to do the same with those professionals we work alongside.  Just as it is important for us to teach our children to grow together, its beneficial for us to collaborate and learn with those who we work with.  There are often times when we don’t always agree with one another, but its still important to learn from those disagreements.  As professional individuals, we should work together while growing together as a professional family.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND PREPARATION

Professionals acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to work with a variety of young children with disabilities and their families within natural and inclusive environments promoting children’s overall growth, development and learning, and enhancing family quality of life.” ~ Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Code of Ethics

As an Early Childhood professional, it is conducive that we engage in ongoing training in order to maintain accurate knowledge and skills for the children we serve. The Early Childhood profession is one that has a continuous change, and it is left up to us an individuals to accommodate ourselves with updated information.  While it is of great importance to promote the growth and development of children within this developmental stage, it is also important that we as professionals seek proper knowledge by attending trainings, going to school, and professional collaboration.

Reliable Resources

Part 1: Position Statements and Influential Practices

Part 2: Global Support for Children’s Rights and Well-Being

Part 3: Selected Early Childhood Organizations

Bright From Start- Georgia 

http://www.decal.ga.gov

Beneficial website for resources for early childhood providers in Georgia.  Resources available for directors, parents, and educators.

PINTEREST

http://www.pinterest.com SEARCH: “teacher”

As an educator, this website has so many neat ideas for EVERYONE inside the classroom.  Whether its an activity or words or encouragement for the students, or cool decorative ideas for the classroom, you can always depend on pinterest to provide get resources for the classroom.

YOUTUBE

Words of Inspiration- Marian Edelman

  1. The second lesson is to assign yourself. My daddy couldn’t stand to see us unengaged in constructive work. And he used to ask us when we had come home from school, “Did the teacher give you any homework?” If we’d say no, he’d say, “Well, assign yourself some.” Don’t wait around for your boss or your friends or teachers to direct you to do what you’re able to figure out and do for yourself. And don’t do just as little as you can to get by.- Marian Edelman
  2. “The third quick lesson: never work just for money. Money alone won’t save your soul or build a decent family life or help you sleep at night.” – Marian Edelman

As an educator, money alone isn’t what drives us to work daily.  The passion, the love, and the care for our “babies” are the factors that wakes me up each morning.  Being a “mama” (as my 2 year old students relate to me as), of eight students for 8 hours a day doesn’t reflect the pay of my monthly income, but their smiling faces as the enter the day is my daily reward.  The hard work, the dedication, and the many attempts that they put in each day to learn basic skills such as being independent, how to be friendly, and how to use gentle touches is the soothing melody that allows me to rest at night.  The career that I have chosen isn’t just a normal 8 hour day, but its a lifestyle that I have chosen in order to build a foundation of learning for my students.

Personal Childhood Web

Ryan

MY LOVE

Over the years, life hasn’t been cookies and cream, but God sent a heavenly angel to be by my side. When the road got tough, my husband was there to push me forward.  When stress hits high levels, he always there to bring the stress meter down with his prayers, encouraging words, and strength.

RJRae

AN UNFORESEEN BLESSING

Through the rainy days, my little sunshines has been there to brighten the worst day.  Their smile motivates me to endure any obstacle that has come my way.  They’re the reason I work as hard as I do

.

mom&grandma

MY CHEERLEADERS

My mother and my grandmother as my strength builders. Whenever I seem to get off track or get frustrated, they are always there to give me those encouraging words from the wisdom bestowed in them.

chris

MY MENTOR

There’s always the one person who’s lifestyle we are amazed by.  My mentor is also my aunt and my role model.  Not only is she a wonderful wife, but an amazing woman.  Whenever I needed someone to provide honesty and truthfulness over my life, I could count on her to give me what I needed to hear instead of what ‘i wanted to hear. Also pictured is her husband, who has been the father figure I never had in my life.

Twinkling Star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!

A old time nursery rhyme to some, but to me it was my favorite bedtime tune.  My mother would play these tunes each night during my elementary school years.  Upon growing up, my mother gave an explanation during my high school graduation dinner as to why this particular tune had so many meanings for my life.  My mother established upon my birth that I would be her little star that would shine so bright in her life.  She always told me that the sky wasn’t the highest point that I could reach with my potential, she expected me to reach and grow beyond that.  Now that I am an adult, I think about this rhyme as I try to obtain each of my goals in life.

OH THE PLACES YOU’LL GO…….

9780679805274_p0_v1_s260x420

Oh, The Places You’ll Go is one of Dr. Seuss’s most popular books.  This particular children’s literature didn’t appear to me until I received it as a graduation gift.  One of my elementary teachers presented me with this book alongside a card that read, “Today is the beginning of a new journey. As you adventure into new explorations, think about the endless opportunities you will have for the rest of your life.”  After reading the book, I started to realize the numerous of opportunities that will be presented to me as I continue to educate myself.