I don’t want to jinx anything but we’ve had a good run of amazing teachers the last few years. We’ve been INCREDIBLY fortunate.
It hasn’t always been this way.
One of my lowest points as a parent was the day they put up the class assignments for my oldest daughter – entering third grade. It was about 100 degrees out. I was one day out of the hospital, post C-section. At this particular school the assignments were posted on the grounds at high noon a day or two before school started. The teachers were assembled on the blacktop to greet the students and do a quick tour of the classroom they would be occupying. There were no changes.
Additionally the school brooked no requests for specific teachers. I’d been warned not to even bother trying.
I had felt quite helpless, late in my pregnancy that spring, knowing there was a specific teacher we did NOT want. Not only was she reported to be cruel, but her teaching style was just about as bad as it could get for a kid with learning disabilities. She didn’t “believe in” dyslexia, like people don’t believe in mermaids and was quoted on it. My daughter had severe visual processing issues.
I couldn’t think how to engineer avoidance and thus had spent the entire summer worrying. What if she ends up in that class?
And so on that August afternoon, I found myself clutching my incision, sweating bullets, wearing a newborn, getting shoved by masses of anxious parents and kids in a sweaty wave of humanity all trying to GET.TO.THE. LIST.
When I reached the board, the lump in my throat exploded, sort of like a nuclear bomb. It sank to my stomach and I nearly vomited. I was dizzy from dehydration and dismay. I wondered if it was just the post natal hormones or was it really that bad? She got the teacher we’d been warned about.
Note: It was really that bad
For a few years, even after I pulled her out of the school, I beat myself up for not being more pro-active about teacher assignment. The fact of the matter is that sometimes, there really is nothing you can do. But sometimes, you can nudge things your way. I’ve learned the hard way!
Today over on my Babble Casa De Chaos blog I am sharing all my tips for getting a great teacher. If you have any more for me… please share!
Note: Props to Melissa and Jasmine in the photo. They were the best preschool teachers ever and what a way to finish our preschool years!