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  •  My sister spends 11-12 hrs per day at the school (16+ / 0-)

    where she is a teacher and coach. She gets to school about 7:30 and never leaves until at least 7pm. She stays after her coaching is done to finish grading papers at school rather than take them home. Granted, she is single with no children.

    But she decided to devote her life entirely to teaching in all ways. She is absolutely and completely dedicated.

    She spends a lot of money out of pocket for school supplies. Her christmas list to me had several items for her classroom on it. That never used to the case a decade or two ago.

    This is her last year of coaching but she told the admin that she does not want to do more before she retires.
    She will start a tutoring and mentoring program to fill that time that was used for coaching.

    She is fortunate that the faculty, administration, staff are like family and the parents are wonderfully supportive. Most ofthe parents in her suburban school district make a good deal more in salary than the teachers do.

    But the cost of living in her area is quite high and money is an issues for her and she has been teaching 27 years now.

    She loves teaching but she always has work to do even during their weeklong thanksgiving vacation, 2 week long christmas break, spring break and summer break.

    That is why she leaves the state and visits me for several weeks each summer. Otherwise, she said, she will tempted to go over to the school and do things around her classroom. Her principal calls her even during the summer and breaks, if she is in the area, and asks to talk to her about plans and ideas he has.  

    The thing with single people with no kids is that the admin knows they often can drop everything and be there and do all these things other teachers simply cannot do in the evenings and weekends due to their parental responsibilities.

    •  Your sister sounds like a wonderful teacher, (7+ / 0-)

      and you are quite accurate about the extra hours, that many people seem to be unaware of but family members of teachers know.  Juggling work and family time during the school year is a real issue for teachers with kids.  

      Teacher's kids actually get drafted A LOT for afterschool "helping out" in their parents' rooms or around the school.  My son usually helps me out for at least an hour afterschool setting up labs, washing glassware, moving tables, cleaning animal cages as I do copying, grading, attending parent meetings etc.  He's a good fellow and also gets drafted to move tables for afterschool events or set up for musical events.  

      And, it's true that single teachers do often get tagged for extra work since they don't have families ... It's not fair, at all, but there's no money for extra-curricular activities or over-time for support services, so everyone is pitching in to do more and more. Sigh.

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      by bkamr on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 02:35:32 AM PST

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    •  There is a quote by the Argentine poet (6+ / 0-)

      Antonio Porchia that translates to:  

      “One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.”

      To your sister and all other unsung teachers, this is the essence of their lives' work.

      Their students are their legacy who will hold them dear long after they end their careers.

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