An Interview with a Teacher…Or Reality Check?

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Over the weekend, I interviewed a middle school teacher name Rose Suarez-Valens. This was for a school assignment I needed to do. The interview went great and she gave me so much advice on what is it like to be an educator. The interview went well until I asked her, “What do you do to prevent teacher burnout?” She discussed that eventually she will burnout in the future. However, she said that when she does then her option would be is to quit. I was thinking in my head, but some teachers I know are burnout, and do it for the money right? But, money doesn’t solve problems.

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Then, she told me that when a teacher is tired of their job that they no longer care about the student’s future. She gave me an example on how middle school teachers see about hundreds kids a day and it take only one teacher to damage those a hundred. She made a good point that why would a teacher stick around and destroy so many students future when they can just leave and do another profession. It made sense that she would rather leave than stay at a school and fail. It made me think that there are some teachers that are burnouts, but still go to work for the pay check. I can understand other jobs, but when it comes to children who are supposed to be learning about certain curriculum, so the teacher is guilty of making the wrong choices. The teacher would be setting a bad example to the students not to care, and life is easy as doing nothing in a classroom. There are tremendous teachers that are really committed to teaching and I THANK all of them for that. But, it makes me question that sometimes teachers can be cruel in their own way.

© Daniel Sanchez 2019

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