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Dear Teacher, As the school year ends...

Updated on May 11, 2016

Dear Teacher, As the school year ends...

I am long past having any kids in school but as this school year comes to a close I would like to take the time say THANK YOU to all of the wonderful teachers that my children were fortunate enough to have and share a short story that still stays with me to this day. Current teachers, please read and share.

When my children were in elementary school, the school had a year end tradition of lining all of the teachers up on the sidewalk in front of the departing school buses and doing the CAN-CAN! They smiled and waved and laughed and high kicked and the children loved it. But one year, as luck would have it, I was at the school to pick up some items that I had loaned the school and I had one of my young children with me.

As the buses departed, and we made our way into the building, my child was horrified to hear many hurtful comments from teachers who I can only assume were not aware that a child was still present. The comment's ranged from "Thank God this school year is over" to way worse..."I hope the little sh** moves and doesn't come back next year."

In an instant, I watched my child's face fall from joyous elation in anticipation of summer activities to complete sadness. He looked over and just said, "Wow, they really hate us." I am sure that I tried to explain as best I could. I recall trying to shelter him from overhearing anymore as we proceeded through the school. I recall trying to explain away what there were really no words to convey. I have no doubt that most of those teachers were excellent teachers and they were only expressing natural relief on the upcoming break from one of the world's most difficult professions.

Teachers, as the school year draws to a close, please be mindful of small children present when discussing year end sentiments that can be very easily misunderstood by and hurtful to young children. Already this year, I have heard several similar comments conveyed in the general public - at stores and at non-school related social activities where children were present and yes, LISTENING.

Once again, thank you for your service and enjoy your well-earned break!


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    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 15 months ago from California Gold Country

      This reminds me of a teacher story. Many of the teachers at our school worked at Disneyland during the summer. Higher summer attendance, means that D'land needs more workers-- and they often hire teachers seasonally.

      One fifth grade teacher usually worked selling tickets at the entrance gate. During the first week back at school, (teacher prep week )I heard her say . "I am so glad to be back at school. I am soooo tired of being nice to everybody."

      I guess teachers have to vent now and then, but discretion is a virtue.