Acting as a professional is important in any position, but with the teacher position comes many responsibilities. It has been pointed out to me time and time again (and I have indeed seen for myself) that teachers play a multitude of roles besides someone who simply passes on bits of information to student minds. Teachers have an ethic and legal responsibility to ensure that students are not being neglected or abused; students should feel safe and respected within their school and teachers have the job of allowing that to happen. It is important that teachers understand the fact that they will do far more than teach a particular subject. The attached document attests to the fact that I understand the legal responsibilities that I have as a a teacher to report abuse.