Writing a Personal Professional Mission Statement

Use this 3-stage method to create your personal professional mission statement.

Come work together on this at WAEYC in Seattle on Saturday 10/31 from 9am to 10:30am!

STAGE 1
Complete the questions from the Philosophy Worksheet (below) that applies to your ECE role. It is not necessary to use complete sentences. This is a brain dump of words and ideas that will serve as a source for your next step.

A. Child-educator
B. Teacher-educator
C. Director

A. ECE Philosophy Worksheet: child-educators

  1. Children learn best when…
  2. The role of teachers is…
  3. The best environment & materials include…
  4. The role of culture in the classroom is…
  5. Family participation should include…
  6. Administration’s involvement in classroom curriculum should be…
  7. Other qualities an ECE teacher needs include…

B. ECE Philosophy Worksheet: teacher-educators

  1. Children in ECE programs learn best when…
  2. The role of ECE teachers is…
  3. ECE teachers (in workshops/courses) learn best when…
  4. The role of teacher-educators is…
  5. The best teacher-learning environment & materials include…
  6. The role of culture in the teacher-learning workshop/classroom is…
  7. Other qualities a teacher-educator needs include…

C. ECE Philosophy Worksheet: program directors

  1. Children in ECE programs learn best when…
  2. The role of ECE teachers is…
  3. Teachers need directors who…
  4. ECE teachers need an environment & materials that include…
  5. Families need directors who…
  6. The role of directors is…
  7. Other qualities a director needs include…

STAGE 2
Condense into the mission components list; you can choose your whole role or just part of it.

  1. Who do you serve?
  2. What do you do?
  3. Why do you do it?
  4. Where/what context?

STAGE 3
Combine to form your written statement. It can be one or more sentences, balancing brevity and clarity.

  • Start with “To….”
  • This should be something that informs your own decisions more than something that you would use to advertise your school or company.
  • This is connected to your *role* -- being the best child-educator, teacher-educator or director that you can be.
  • This should be compatible with the mission statement of the place where you fill this role, your program/company, not only to fill your employer's/client's expectations of your performance but also to ensure your job is a good fit.

EXAMPLES

TEACHER-EDUCATOR

  • Toolbox for Teaching teacher-education BUSINESS mission statement: To provide group trainings in the Greater Seattle Area, using stories and strategies from my own experience to educate and inspire professionals and families on how to support young children in developing self-management of overwhelming emotions, helping the children achieve connections, fulfillment, and joy.
  • Candice Hoyt TEACHER-EDUCATOR mission statement: To design and provide, with a foundation of personal experience and empathy, in-service and conference workshops in the Greater Seattle Area that help ECE teachers fill their toolboxes by identifying and expanding on their own strengths: to support children in developing their academic, intellectual and life skills and to enjoy the children and families they serve. I value teacher fulfillment: teachers who are true to their values, proud of their skills, certain of their expertise and deeply connected to the children and families they serve.

CHILD-EDUCATOR

  • Hilltop Children's Center preschool PROGRAM mission statement: Hilltop is transforming early childhood education through play, collaboration, and reflection: in our classrooms with children, partnerships with families, and professional development with educators.
  • Candice Hoyt CHILD-EDUCATOR mission statement: [in progress]

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

  • Busy Little Crickets childcare PROGRAM mission statement: To support and expand on children’s curiosity through child-directed curriculum, challenging and positive interactions with peers, adults and materials in beautiful, opportunity-rich environments. To empower children to develop their social, emotional and intellectual problem-solving skills through deep engagement with intentionally designed activities and materials based on their personal interests and individual developmental needs. To form and document children's growth to confident, exceptional learners, with a sense of belonging and meaningful contribution to their communities. 
  • Candice Hoyt PROGRAM DIRECTOR mission statement: [in progress]