Imagine not only seeing to your parent in the morning and evening but also having them breathing down your neck the entire school day. Horrifying, right? This is reality for some students at Pinewood whose parents are also teachers here.
“Having your mom as a teacher during adolescence is usually difficult,” said Middle Campus language arts teacher Gina Meter, who taught her son senior Kai Meter when he was in sixth grade. “This is a time when you are trying to figure yourself out and to deal with the other kids, and if your mom is constantly present throughout the day, it makes that process more difficult. I personally loved seeing my son and his friends every day!”
Let’s see how both teachers and students have handled this potentially awkward situation.
“We both handled it as best as we could. I think the hardest part was teaching her in seventh grade because we were just feeling things out. After the first semester, we kind of got into a rhythm,” science teacher Elaina Tyson (mother of freshman Drew Hill) said.
“It was different at school than it was at home,
obviously, and it was kind of hard because I had to transition from her being a parent to her being a teacher.
It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be; it was actually kind
of fun,” Hill said.
“I do think it is a difficult line to walk, but I work really hard to make a clear difference between dad and teacher. I am getting to enjoy a portion of my boy’s lives that few parents ever see,” technology curriculum director Bill Bates (father of freshman Casey and 8th grader Quinn Bates) said.
“I try to avoid him. It’s awkward because he thinks he’s super funnny around my friends,” Casey said.
“It’s kind of interesting, you’re going to school with your friends like you usually would, and then you see your parent, going from class to class, and you think, “Oh yeah, they’re here too,” 7th grader Jonathan Phillips said.
“The best part of having Jonathan at Upper Campus this year is when I happen to bump into him during the day and I remember- “Oh dear, you’re here!” Every time I see him, he just makes me smile,” English teacher Holly Phillips
(mother of Jonathan) said.
“Hopefully, I wouldn’t have to teach my daughter until she’s a senior, so by then, we’ll have lots of practice being around each other on campus. I think it’ll feel a little weird, but I’ll try to be as objective as possible,” biology teacher Kim Hudson (mother of 7th grader Samantha Zagha) said.