Applicant’s Teaching Profile Statement: (1000 word Maximum): The Faculty of Education at Western embodies a commitment to equity, diversity, social justice and inclusive education in program development, teaching, research, hiring practices and recruitment. Becoming a professional educator, means understanding and respecting the needs of all learners. It means using your knowledge, skills, agency and voice as a professional to advocate for those who cannot yet advocate for themselves. It means ensuring that all students feel safe and supported while in our care, so that they may grow to engage fully in their own lives as informed citizens. Using this information as a guide, describe your reasons for wanting to become a teacher and how you feel that the commitment described above apply to you. Feel free to include French and your personal teaching-related experiences in your discussion. What do you feel are your strongest characteristics? Are there any areas on which you still need to work?