On The Subject of Professionalism

We tutors are afforded the privilege to work with the leaders of tomorrow. Northfield students are capable of doing great things now and in the future, and we have the opportunity to guide them on the path to success.

Because of the vital role that tutors can play in our schools, ACCELERATE NORTHFIELD takes professionalism seriously. And to be sure, the overwhelming majority of our volunteers over the years have exceeded our expectations.

For starters we define “professionalism” as tutors looking and conducting themselves appropriately enough to work in an elementary or middle school. We are doing the job of education, so we must dress and act like it. What’s more, tutors must be on time for their sessions with students, or provide teachers with significant notice of changes. And, tutors must assist students in a professional manner.

We tutors are considered mentors in our schools. Our students look forward to their time with us and, in many cases, emulate us. And unbeknownst to us, we have scores of eyes focused on our every move. That’s why it’s vital that we present ourselves as professionally as possible.

In a sense, we are role models for our future leaders, and that’s a pretty big responsibility.  

ACCELERATE provides a wealth of materials that outline our expectations on our website. The page is called Volunteer Orientation: Training to Support SUPERHEROES. Click here to go to that page.

ACCELERATE does not require tutors to study this information. We strongly urge it, though, especially if you are new to tutoring.

If you have any questions about this or anything else to do with ACCELERATE, contact me mgarlitz@northfieldschools.org.

Thank you for all of your service to NORTHFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS!