Stephen do what is ethically right. Most of

Stephen Coggins

Dr. Westbrook AEL 635

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Personal Code of Ethics

I believe that a leaders are built on a solid foundation of morals and
ethics. Sometimes as school leaders, we must put our morals aside to do what is
ethically right. Most of the times our morals are religiously and spiritually
based. We cannot make decisions based on our religion because that may show
biased toward a certain group. Our jobs as administrators is to create a free
thinking democratic student body and our decisions must be directed to help
every students, not just most of them. As a school leader, I find myself
reflecting on several different things. Here are my personal code of ethics.

1.      Provide
services in a nondiscriminatory manner.

2.      Accept
responsibility for my actions.

3.      Seek
to improve myself and others around me

4.      Do
my job with honesty and integrity

5.      Make
the well-being of the students the primary target for decision making

6.      Commit
to serving other before myself

I could make this list go
on and on, but I am a believer that if I keep lists shorts, I am more likely to
follow that list. The more complicated I make my goals, rules, and in this case
personal code of ethics, then it will be more complicated when you are trying
to follow those guidelines. The thing about making rules or goals is that you
want to keep them short, but you want those rules or goals to cover a broad
spectrum. Honesty and Integrity may have a different meaning from one person to
the next, but I know what it means to me. There is no need to define it or make
30 personal rules based off of that one rule. These six values define who I am.
I want to treat everyone like they are equal. I did not put students or
teachers in this statement, because I want to treat everyone with a
nondiscriminatory manner. The next thing is I want to make sure that I take
responsibility for my actions. This is a hard thing to do. I am a team person.
I believe that in order for us to be a team, I have to give the success to my
teachers and students, and take the blame when things go bad. I also want to
help improve others around me including myself. Normally I would include some
type of professional development in this statement, but I don’t want to
restrict improving ourselves professional to just professional development.
Number 4 is one of my favorite. I believe that if I do my job with honesty and
integrity, then I will be able to go home and sleep at night. There are many
headaches that come with being a school leader and the more decisions that I
make with honesty and integrity will help me to go home at night feeling good
about the job that I have done. The fifth personal rules is directed towards
the students. Without them, we would not have school. Besides myself and my
teachers, my students are my main concern. I want to make them my primary
target when making a decision, but not only that, I want to make the well-being
of all students the primary target for decision making. And the last thing is
to commit to serving other before myself. This is religious to me. It does not
have to be religious to others, and it will not infringe upon anyone’s rights,
but Jesus said that in order to lead, we must first serve. I never want to stop
being a servant for my teachers and my students.

I have yet to become an
administrator, so I have very few experiences as far as my personal values
being tested. However, I did have a conflict of interest one time that tested
my honesty and integrity. To some, this story may seem a little petty, but to
me it was a big deal. When I first started teaching, I had the opportunity to
coach middle school baseball. At my school, sports are a big deal, especially
baseball. We have players that just specialize in that sports, even though I
don’t agree with that. Anyways, I had a parent that came up to me one day after
practice and was concerned about her son’s playing time. Well, I wasn’t the
head coach, but I just told the parent to just tell her son to keep working.
That sounds like the cliché thing that a coach would say, but I knew it was a
safe response. The parent then offered to pay me for coaching outside of
practice. It was just an immediate response to decline, because I never accept
money to do things that I love. I told the parent that I would not accept the
money, but I would work with her son after practice every day. So at the end of
the year, the players playing time did not increase, and the next year that
player got cut. The parent was irate, but not at me. This really tested my
personal ethics in my opinion. I think the integrity of me being a coach would
have come into play if I would have accepted that money. I like to think of
myself as a naturally good person, so a lot of times I respond to things the
correct way without thinking and I think this was just one of those times. 

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