"The students come first. The student’s needs come first. Students’ needs and the successful delivery of an education stand as a priority far above union affiliations or paychecks. Period, end of discussion. You are not a “professional teacher” or a teacher of any sort because you get paid. You are a teacher when every day, your students get brighter, smarter, more capable, more able to understand the world around them and bend it to their wishes and dreams. Pay is a happy secondary result of being a real teacher."