Writing my way through the school year!

Can you imagine what it would be like if teachers were treated like actors, athletes, singers, or even “reality tv “stars?”  Wow!

Mrs.Smith, Celebrity Teacher

“Mrs.Smith, Mrs.Smith, can I get your autograph?” She turned and smiled brightly at the young woman running towards her.

“Mrs.Smith”, the young woman gasped, “I have been following your career for years!  I’m about to start teaching myself, and I would be honored if you signed my copy of your book.”

“Are you ready to teach, young lady?’ she asked as she scribbled her signature, “This is a difficult job.”

“I know it is, but I’ve been reading your books,watching your videos, and  listening to your podcasts, I know I’m ready!”

“Good luck”, she says as she handed her the book. “Take care, you have quite a journey ahead of you.”

Mrs.Smith and her husband  entered the Four Seasons and were immediately seated at the best table. The maitre d’ smiled, and thanked Mrs.Smith, again, for teaching his son when she taught at Tower Hill.

“Anything you need Mr. and Mrs.Smith, just ask.”

After dinner, Mr. and Mrs.Smith hopped into their  Mercedes and drove home to their ten bedroom house up in the hills.  They entered  their  home, and stopped to pick  up one of the cameras left by the crew from MTV Cribs-Teachers.

“Time to mark some papers honey, I’ll be upstairs in a bit.”

She sat down, stared out at the ocean, and began grading.  The phone rang, and her assistant teacher, Marjorie spoke excitedly.

” Mrs. Smith,  Oprah wants another  interview, she’s doing another special on teachers, it’s called “Teachers are Tenacious!” She’s going to give away prizes to every school where the teachers in the audience work!”

“Oh, that Oprah, she is something else! Set it up please, Marjorie.”

She hung up and the phone rung again.

“Oh, my gosh, Mrs.Smith, you’ve  been nominated for a Thackeray!” (Named after Sidney Poitier’s character in , “To Sir, With Love”)

“A Thackeray?! Are you kidding? Oh my gosh, I’ve always dreamed…!  What category?”

” Best Lesson Taught During an Unannounced Observation.”

The Thackerays

As teachers walked down the red carpet, former students and teachers screamed their names. Reporters rushed up to interview each teacher as they strode down the carpet.

“Mrs.Smith, what are you wearing?”

She  waved, “This is not about me, it’s about all those kids I’ve helped!”

And the Winner Is…

And the winner of the “Best Lesson Taught During an Unannounced Observation” is… Mrs.Smith!”

She ran on the stage, “First I’d like to thank God.” Next I want to thank all those students who gave me the opportunity to teach. I’d also like to thank my mentor teacher, Mr.Wilson. He made me the teacher I am today! And most of all, my Mom and Dad, who gave me the chance to go to college and become what I am today, a teacher!”

The applause filled the room, and everyone stood, chanting “Teachers, teachers, teachers!”

 I know we all don’t need a Mercedes, a ten-bedroom home, to be filmed by MTV, or have an overrated awards show.  But wouldn’t it be great if teachers were  respected as much as actors, athletes, singers, and yes, even “reality” tv stars?



Comments on: "“If Teachers Were Treated Like Celebrities!” 2012 Version" (3)

  1. Of course, you’ll remember the old story, “Can you name the World Series MVP from 1971? What about who won the Oscar that year for best supporting actress?” I couldn’t answer either one without Googling it.

    However, I CAN tell you which teacher had the greatest impact on my life. And for me, this guy is bigger than ANY celebrity, sports, entertainment or otherwise!

    I hear what you’re saying though… a bit of acknowledgement and recognition would be nice. But I’ll bet if you asked them, MOST (and I emphasize on purpose because I really believe it’s true)… MOST teachers will pass on the celebrity status just knowing they impacted even one life; made a significant difference, as my junior high/ high school teacher – Mr. Anthony McGowan – impacted mine. I give that guy a shout-out any chance I get because of his profound influence that has now spanned four decades and counting!

    Not many celebrities can match that kind of impact!

    All the best from Toronto,

  2. It would be awesome if teachers were thought of as celebrities! But one thing to add to the above comment… I remember being a little kid, and if I saw my teacher from last year in the hallway, or if I saw any teacher at all at the grocery store, or if I caught a glance inside the teacher’s lounge on the way to recess… it WAS like a celebrity spotting! Even highschoolers have their favorite teachers who make learning fun and who lend an ear when they have problems. To the people who matter the most, you ARE a super star!

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