The consummate teacher is one who puts the student first at all times, even if it means making things a little more difficult for the teacher. Teachers can exhibit professionalism when interacting with colleagues and parents. This is done with honesty and integrity, not swerving from doing what is right and in the best interest of the student. Teachers can be counted on to do what they say they will do and cannot be swayed by taking an easier route, and are found to be some of the greatest cheerleaders in convincing colleagues to join in on a cause. Demonstrating professionalism also means following school system policies and procedures, but are willing to work to improve them should they become outdated or ineffective.