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Whether it’s part time or full time, teaching is hard work

September 8, 2016
Lake Placid News

To the editor:

I've worked as a dog kennel attendant, dishwasher, bus boy, auto mechanic, freelance musician, journalist, military musician in a combat zone, and college instructor. But in terms of stress, preparation and physical/mental exhaustion, nothing comes close to the times I've worked as a full-time teacher and full-time sub.

For those who say it's a "part-time job," or describe it as "vacation time," they've obviously never been a teacher. You have to have the stage presence of Hugh Jackman, the intelligence of a Nobel laureate, the work ethic of Thomas Edison, the patience of a saint, and a heart of pure gold. You have to be prepared to buy your students materials when the county won't pony up the money. You also have to be very politically adept at working within a bureaucracy, a body that can thrive on self-preservation often at the expense of the individual teacher.

My average days lasted 11 hours unless I had parent conferences, concerts, after-school rehearsals or any other event that kept me there well into the evenings. It takes a very special person to be a teacher, and they deserve every dollar they make.

Steve Lester

Lake Placid

 
 

 

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