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Friday, August 22, 2014

Yes, My Husband is Just a Teacher

My husband is a teacher.

That often garners responses that range as wide as "He's a Super Hero" to "Oh."

In fact,  I like to tell the many stories of times the Mommy Mafia would accost me on the playground and say "Oh... you work?" as if I were a leper.  I would usually say "Yes.  My husband is a teacher."  And then they would nod and go "Oh... I get it."

As if we were close to starving to death on his meager wages.

More on that in a minute.

So yes, my husband is a just a teacher.  He's not an administrator.  He might go that route at some point, but honestly, right now, he loves what he does.

He's one of THOSE teachers.  The kind that kids remember for years to come.  The one that gets an obscene amount of treats and notes during Teacher Appreciation Week.

He cares about his students.  He cares about his classes. 

He is frequently frustrated.  He's had over 50 kids in his class.  In fact, his school even was used in example by President Obama during the last presidential debates.  He has had kids sit on the floor the first few weeks until Count Day-- when they see who is really showing up and who is simply in the database- and they can reschedule the students.  Then he will have often have 40+.  But at least they will have desks.  Unless everyone shows up.

He sits through training classes on whatever the latest and greatest system is developed by people who maybe taught a year or two.  Every year, it seems, there is some new method on how to teach.

He hears about test scores and their importance.  Of course, he doesn't teach a core class, so no one really cares. 

He stays up at night making interesting lesson plans.  He makes notes when he finds something that might be useful to use at some point.  He has some fantastic colleagues that share information and experiences.

He stays up inputting grades because he has very little time during the day to do the paperwork.

His classroom is where students and teachers come for lunch.  To hang out.  To chat.

I usually have the opportunity to watch him teach once or twice a year (I get to be a guest speaker on economics or money management sometimes).  It's amazing to watch him work.  He keeps the kids captivated.  They love him.  He makes it fun.  I have a crush on him all over again.

I've had a few of his students work for me over the years.  Today, my intern was sharing with another intern how great a teacher he was-- I was beaming.

And yes, I make a few dollars more than he does.  But honestly, by the time you throw in his time off, his pension, his health insurance- it's a better gig than most corporate jobs.  Seriously.

Plus, he gets to pick his kids up every day after school.  They have their own little routines.  He spends the summers with them.  How many dads get to do that?  As they've gotten older, he's really gotten attached to his time with them. 

He works in a career that most people think they can do-- and when they try, most fail (like the attorney who refused to accept any help from anyone and then walked out during the work day... or the retired military officer who never came back after Thanksgiving...).

So to sum up, yes, my husband is just a teacher.

He changes young people's lives.  He has time for our family.  He loves what he does.

And that's pretty darn cool from where I'm sitting.

Have a great school year, Papa Bean!


Joy in Las Vegas said...

Beautiful!!! *sniff*

mark cooan said...

My wife she is a school teacher, she showed me this link. She has the same feeling about her classroom as Papa Bean does. She goes the extra extra mile for her classroom and all or her student thrive on it,love it, and cherish every day they're in her classroom. I have seen it first hand all the smiles on there faces. My wife works into the nights to make sure all the papers are corrected and graded and inputed into the computer. She stays up late to read all the 4 and 5 page essays " not easy nights ". while doing all that she also is a amazing mother to 3 beautiful kids and is my beautiful wife. This last year with having all that on her plate she got her master degree. So not only reading 31 essay assignments and grading and being a mother and a wife she had to write 3 to 4essay sand they were 10 to 15 pages every weekend for her master degree. The reason she got her master's was to better educate herself so she can better educate her students. Im very very proud of her and all she has done, and for all that see gonna do. So she isn't just a Teacher she is our future. I'm Proud of my wife the school teacher.

mark cooan said...

My wife a school teacher showed my this link. I believe that she feel the same way about her classroom as Papa Bean does. She goes to work everyday with a smile on her face knowing that she gonna be changing her students lives for the positive every day. Not many people can say they do that. So she not "just" a teacher, she is our future she is molding young minds in the positive direction. The job of a teacher isn't just a 8am - 3 pm job as many people think it is. My wife arrives to work at 7am ever morning and leaves her classroom after 4pm everyday with a cart full of papers to grade and essays to read every night and that takes her until 10 pm. While raising three beautiful children and being a wonderful wife this last years to got her master degree in education. So working all day and night and being a mother and wife she was going to school and writing and the average 3 to 4 essays a week that were 10 to 15 pages long for her degree. She did all of this to better herself and her students and its already had a positive effect on her students. This years she had one of her student that was in her classroom from the previous year email her saying thank you for teaching me a certain way to take notes because my new teacher asked us if we knew how to take note in this form. I was the only in my class that knew how to do it. And the other great thing is when your out walking in public and her students see her and they come up and say hello or the parents come over and say think you for all your doing from my child it's truly a wonder feeling that I get and I'm not the teacher my wife is. So my wife isn't "just" a teacher by any means...... I"m soooo proud of her and all that she has done and all that she will be doing.

Anonymous said...

My bf is a teacher... He is so kind and sweet... Yet sexy... I love that he's a teacher... I'm in contracting and i make triple his pay. On a slow's ok... He doesn't care and he takes care of me

Mama Bean said...

To the anonymous person who wrote that I was a moron, my husband will probably divorce me because I'm so stupid and teachers really make six figures. In fact, according to you, most millionaires are teachers.

Um... YOU are a moron.

If you read the actual article, you will see that I stated that teachers aren't poorly paid and most do far better than many people in the corporate world. I will say, my husband had his pay frozen at the top of the scale for the past 5 years. The top in our district was approximately $70,000- not "well over $100,000." They finally negotiated a higher schedule, but the top is nowhere near $100,000.

Next, I'm a Cornell graduate with a masters degree and starting my doctorate, so I'm not a moron. I am quite literate. My comments about his meager salary were sarcastic. I would question YOUR literacy abilities.

And lastly, I'm a financial advisor which I don't discuss in my blog for compliance reasons. I'm extremely familiar with money, how pensions work, etc. Most teachers, because of their pensions, are usually quite comfortable in retirement, but I don't know any that are living in the lap of luxury that you painted in your idiotic comment.

Your comments missed the entire point of the article- my husband has dedicated his life to working with kids, to make the world a better place and make a difference.

Unlike people like you, sitting on your ass, making anonymous comments on articles that you clearly didn't read past the first paragraph, he has a career and I'm very proud of him.

Get a life, internet troll.

You can stay on your couch, bitch, and post anonymous commentaries all day long and feel like a big person.

The rest of us will focus on actually DOING something.