Teachers are the backbone of the education system. Not only do they teach students the factual information related to their subject area, but, more importantly, they also teach students the essential life skills that they will use to work with others, solve problems, and remain motivated and engaged life-long learners. Given their direct impact on students, it is important that every teacher enter the profession with a clear idea of their values as an educator. As an aspiring high school English teacher, this research project explores and develops the values I will uphold in my classroom. These values include developmental psychology, reading, and social and emotional learning.