Honestly one of the most preposterous questions in education. Teachers ARE professionals. Let’s look at this on it’s most basic level. Are teachers expected to arrive to work on time, in professional dress and act according to professional standards? YES. Are teachers held accountable for results? YES. Are teachers required to continue their learning? YES. And if any of these answers are not yes due to a systemwide failure issue on the expectations of teachers as professionals, then that is a totally different issue altogether.