Work for Teachers Continues into Summer

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email

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In these last couple of weeks before school starts, parents are quickly trying to get their kids ready for that first day.

But they aren't the only ones who are busy preparing for the school year.

Teachers are also gearing up.

"Ya, I'm working throughout the summer too," said kindergarten teacher Jaime Moses.

While teachers aren't required to spend their summer working, they do have to be prepared for the school year...

Which for some, means more time spent in the classroom, than by the pool.

"I think it's a big misconception that we have the summers off when we really don't," said first grade teacher JoAnn Owens.

"I know there's some teachers who have been here since beginning of June and they've been here almost every day working," Moses said.

The last day of school becomes the first day of their 'summer job'.

"At the end of the year, we have to completely put everything away, put everything up so that the custodians can come in," Moses said.

But that's just the beginning...

Everything has to be brought back in to the classroom, and desks have to be put in their place...

"Until you're in somebody's shoes, you really don't know how much time it really does take," Owens said.

Then the organization begins.

"The actual room preparation, getting it organized and everything, this is my fifth day in here trying to reorganize all of my things here," Owens said.

Bulletin boards have to be decorated...

And if you thought they were strictly for looks... Think again.

"I do a lot of that too, when I'm setting up, what can they use as resourses, while I'm busy or when they're working on their own so they don't always have to ask somebody, they can kind of become independent."

The prep doesn't stay within the walls of the school, either.

The classroom calls day, and night.

"Even when you're sleeping you wake up at 2 in the morning and it's, oh I could do that, you know, that time as well, it's more than just the blood and sweat you put into the classroom," Owens said.

Teachers are hoping the extra time will pay off...

Not monetarily, but in the students.

"Most teachers will tell you they love what they do, and I choose to be in my classroom because I am excited for the year to start and I'm setting up so that the students can get the best education I can give them," Moses said.

Not only do teachers donate their time in the summer, but they also use some of their own money to prepare for the school year.

One of the teachers that i spoke with said that while the school does give teachers some money to purchase supplies for the year, she has still spent upwards of one - thousand - dollars of her own money in her two years of teaching.

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