By Lashaniece L. Winfrey
(Photo of Mrs. Fonzo about to go bike riding. Photo Credit: Matthew Fonzo)
Teachers are always hard at work, grading papers and planning lessons. The true wonder is what these educators do during their time off.
I sat down with Laura Gregg, a geometry and trigonometry teacher, to get a better understanding of life off campus for teachers. Gregg tells of how she mainly gets caught up on sleep. On the contrary, when she’s awake she enjoys playing tennis, watching Master Chef, or browsing around on Netflix.
When asked what she thinks students believe she does outside of school, Gregg replied with, “students probably assume I just hang out at school and grade papers”. She also states that students most likely think she, “finds ways to be upset with them,” in which she assured was not the case.
Heather Isom, a history teacher, shared her perspective. When posed with the question of what she does in her spare time, Isom sighed, stating, “I don’t have a lot of free time” and claims to have a boring life. Isom is not only a teacher, but also a student in college, so when she has downtime, it is usually spent doing homework or studying. When a well needed break from the life of being a teacher and a student occurs, Isom uses her time to prepare for her move to a farmhouse.
Isom has never given a thought to what students might think she does outside of work. She does, however, believe that there may be a possible stereotype of what teachers do away from work. She assumes that students think teachers do the same thing as they see their parents or other adult figures do when they are not at work.
Vincent Archuleta, a sophomore, commented that he thinks teacher do “life stuff” and that “they make food” on their time off. When asked to elaborate, Archuleta talked off his educators eating, sleeping and hanging out with friends. Giving an opposite viewpoint from Isom, Archuleta doesn’t consider there to be a stereotype surrounding instructors during their leisure time.
When one sees a teacher, they are usually planning a lesson plan, teaching, or grading papers. Although, they do these things, teachers have a life beyond the classroom.