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Never before have I taught in the school district where I live.  It kind of changes things.

I walk to and from school each day that I substitute teach, since I never have to walk more than a mile one way.  One day, as I was crossing the footbridge on the way home after school, I saw a group of high schoolers, some of whom I’ve had in class on several occasions.  One of them raised up his hand; “High five!”  he said.  So I gave him one, and said, “Hey, Tanner, how’s it going?”  “Good, Miz K—, how are you?”

One beautiful Saturday, I was walking the dogs down at the park.  Because my dogs are unusual looking, I am often asked questions about them — what kind they are, whether they shed, etc.  That Saturday, a man stopped me and struck up a conversation about the dogs, and I saw that his daughter was a sixth grader I’ve seen several times.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t remember her name, but I saw that she recognized me, too.

As I was leaving the park that day, I heard, “Substitute teacher!  Substitute teacher?”  I turned around and saw a middle school boy.  “Did you sub for Mr. Irwin?”  I told him I did… and then he didn’t know what else to say to me, so I was on my way.

Last Friday, I asked the last period Spanish students I had who was going to prom on Saturday.  A few of them raised their hands, and I said, “Be sure to check out the ice sculpture” because Stephan did one for their event.  One of the girls in the class said, “Do you have a van with pictures of ice sculptures on it?”  I told her that we used to, but we don’t anymore.  She said, “I live down the street from you.”

I just hope that no students take advantage of the fact that they know where I live.


About Karen Koch

I like the old-fashioned lifestyle. All this new-fangled stuff baffles me sometimes. I cherish living out in the country, raising chickens and rabbits, planting fruit trees, and enjoying a slow life filled with beautiful words and ideas. I don't always achieve a slow life. I teach middle school English and manage a little burgeoning farm with my husband, and somewhere in the midst of that, I try to find time for writing, running, knitting, reading, and playing the ukulele. And sometimes, I actually succeed.

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  1. Your circle of influence in your own town is widening!


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