Dear Parents (a Letter Teachers Wish to Write)

A Letter From Your Child's Teacher

Dear Parents, 

I am your child's teacher. I'd like to spend some time to make write down some things I'd like to make clear. I feel this is necessary as the standards put upon me and the expectations you hold me to are just unreachable at this time. So let's chat about this for a minute. 

Every day you send your ray of sunshine into my classroom to learn their ABCs and 123s and be ready for their next grade level. Every day you send your child in whether they've had breakfast, been sick, or are in a foul mood with NO warning to me. You send your child in after you've had a night of fighting. You send your child in even though they're pale a ghost, running a fever, and have red, teary eyes. 

Now it's time for me to make some things clear. Are you ready? If you're not ready for this... then stop reading because I'm about to get honest. 

Here we go. 

I AM HERE TO TEACH YOUR CHILD. YOUR CHILD. NOT YOU. I DON'T WORK FOR YOU. I WORK FOR MY SCHOOL DISTRICT. 

I teach more than just YOUR child. I have other kids who need me too and I can't promise that little Suzie Sunshine is going to get my direct attention every minute she says my name. No, I'm not ignoring her. 

I am held to high standards. You know that time when I'm testing... I mean it's only like every other month. I teach your child and I'm trying to help them achieve their OWN goals. I don't care about what they need to be at for levels when the school year is done. 

I DEMAND RESPECT in my room. I will be honest. If the students are not responsible or respectful when they walk in my classroom... they sure will be when they leave in June. I don't think it's funny when they are rude and condescending towards others. I raise them to be community members. This comes before anything else. 

When it's 7 PM and you're messaging me because your child didn't get this or that, I'm NOT ANSWERING. It's my family time. I spend all day with your child. Now it's time to spend time with my family or by myself (drinking wine). 

I WILL LAY DOWN MY LIFE FOR YOUR CHILD. END OF STATEMENT. 

NOW, off the school subject—let's talk about teacher's personal lives. 

YOU expect me to be Positive Polly all day long. Let me tell you what we teachers deal with while trying to teach your child. 

  1. Many of us have our own battles-depression, anxiety, illness, etc. 
  2. Many of us have family suffering from the above. 
  3. Some of us have marital issues going on (Teaching is not an easy job). 
  4. Some of us are living/teaching FAR away from where our support system is. 
  5. WE ARE HUMAN. 

LET ME REPEAT. 

WE ARE HUMAN TOO. 

So, here it is... before you come screaming and hollering at us teachers because you don't like how we did something or anything like that. Take a look at what we've said. We wouldn't take time to call you if it wasn't necessary. 

I am human. Before you scream at me. Think about it. Would you want to be screamed at after you've had a rough day? Or better yet, you're in the middle of an anxiety attack and someone comes screaming at you... how would you feel? You have NO idea what we're dealing with in our own lives. So please just think about that first. 

I am tired of feeling guilty or being upset for how I'm treated as a teacher. I know others feel the same. We lay down our lives for your kids every day. We put our needs LAST to put your kids FIRST. 

Don't get me wrong, I love my job. I just need others to realize that this is not easy by any means. AT ALL. 

Way back in the day... when teachers called parents, parents believed teachers. Give us a break. 

So maybe this isn't a letter, but this is how it is. 

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