•  Mr. Sergio Mendoza - sergio.mendoza@burtonschools.org

    Sergio Mendoza

    I believe that education is an individual, unique experience for every student who enters a school.  In order for children to benefit from what schools offer, as a school leader, I believe we all help shape a district culture that mobilizes members of the district community to do the work necessary to improve the systems, structures, and practices that support and sustain an accessible, rigorous, coherent and articulated curriculum for all students, high-quality teaching and successful student learning. 

    I believe that educators must fully understand the importance of their job.  I believe that educators must consider teaching to be a lifestyle, not a mere forty-hour-a-week job because an educator's goals for his/her students encompass much more than relaying out-of-context facts to passive students.  As professionals entrusted with the education of young minds, teachers must facilitate learning and growth academically, personally, and ethically.  By providing quality education to each in one's classroom, an educator equips children with the tools necessary for success in life.

    To accomplish these lofty goals, I believe it is important first to establish a mutually respectful, honest rapport with students a relationship in which communication is of the highest priority.  Through this relationship, a fair, democratic environment based on trust and caring can be established in the classroom, making it possible to interact confidently and safely in an academic setting.  Once this foundation is built, the educator has already accomplished a major goal: the ethical characteristics of equality; open, honest communication; and trust have been emphasized and put into practice without having to preach to students.  Demonstrating these ethically correct behaviors in the classroom and expecting students to model them prepares them for adult interaction and survival in the future.

    I believe that all children have the ability to learn and the right to a quality education.  All youth, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, and capabilities should have the opportunity to learn from professional, well-informed educators who are sophisticated and knowledgeable, both in their area of expertise and life.  Certainly, every child has different learning styles and aptitudes; however, by having a personal relationship with every student, an educator can give each an equal chance of success. By recognizing every student's potential and having separate, individual goals for each, an educator can accommodate personal needs and abilities and encourage the pursuit of academic aspirations.

    “The [student] is the most important visitor on our premises.  He is not dependent on us.  We are dependent on him.  He is not an interruption of our work.  He is the purpose of it.  He is not an outsider of our business.  He is part of it.  We are not doing him a favor by serving him.  He is doing us a favor by giving us the opportunity to do so.”  Mahatma Gandhi 

    Sergio J Mendoza