Students Who Teach

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September 21, 2018

3:15 finally comes around and it’s time to go home and rest. Unfortunately for some people that’s not always the case. Teachers stay after to grade their papers and get their things together. But for a teacher who is also struggling with plenty of homework and planning out a lesson plan, it may be very hectic. Take Mrs.Weber for example. She is currently teaching at Sierra for the third year in a row. At Sierra, she teaches CLDE English,Seminar, 11th and 12th grade English. This is currently her second year teaching and being a student. “This is currently my second year teaching. I am currently enrolled in UCCS doing a ‘tessle program’… basically I’m studying to teach English as a second or other language.” With all this studying, one’s schedule must be very hectic. “This semester my classes are all online so that’s a benefit, because I don’t have to go to class. So basically I go home and wait for my family to come home so can spend quality time with them so I can later begin to study for two hours or more.” Working 8 hours a day and coming home to take care of a family and continuing to work must be very stressful.
Mr.Hoffer is currently in his second year teaching at Sierra. He is currently teaching Government and psychology, and next semester he will be teaching Government and Sociology. His first year he was originally going to Fort Collins, but when he started his teaching career at Sierra he began his journey in UCCS. “I was studying to become a teacher in the Alternative Licensure Program, which in other words allows you to teach and be a student at the same time.” Once again, what would someones schedule look like with all this work? “During the week I would arrive to school by 6:30 in the morning up to 6 or 7pm working on lesson plans and grading papers. Once Saturday came I would go to my college class from 7am to 4:30pm. And on Sunday I would work on getting my homework turned in on time.” With little time to spend on yourself, I had to ask if it was all worth doing. The response I got from both our Sierra teachers made me proud.
As I sat across from Mrs.Weber and asked the million dollar question, she responded with very much thought into her response, “It is really hard, but Yes! The program has been really great and beneficial for me because I can see that I am a much better teacher this year than I was last year and that will obviously help my students even more, so, yes. I believe it will be worth it.”
Mr.Hoffer stated without hesitation, “Absolutely! This is the best job I could have ever asked for. I love to work at Sierra. I love the kids and the staff, I have nothing but good things to say.” So next time you find yourself upset with a teacher due to all the work they make you do, don’t forget that they too understand the stress of the life of a student.