Jordan White said he was thinking of two teachers who inspired him as he repeated “The Teachers’ Oath.” White and other winter graduates of Pittsburg State’s teacher education program took the oath as they prepared for commencement exercises on Dec. 17.

White, who received a bachelor of science degree in music education, said he thought of the example set by Carl Junction, Mo., music teachers Ryan Churchill and Kathi Cassady. In them, White said, he saw a model of the kind of teacher he hopes to be.

“Music has always been a huge part of my life,” White said. “I want to be able to share the passion I have for music with students.”

The oath, which PSU education majors take as they prepare to graduate, has been around for just a few semesters, according to Dean of Education Howard Smith. He and previous dean, Andy Tompkins, modeled PSU’s oath on one created by a school principal.

“Teaching is a profession,” Smith said. “Other professions have oaths that express the ideals and standards that their members live by. It seems important that teaching should have one, too. The oath our teachers now take is a written and verbal expression of the values educators have long held.”

White said taking the oath was a meaningful experience.

“I definitely will hang that up in my office where I can see it every day,” he said.