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September 5, 2019 | by: Jamie Paterson

Back to School -or- Why I Chose Radio as a Career

Welcome to my first blog entry

I guess you could say teaching is in my blood. My father was a teacher… actually he was associate dean of education and chair of the Edmonton public school board! As a young troublemaker and class clown, I often was reminded how education put the roof over our head. Apparently those lectures were successful… My older brother is now serving as Dean of Education out on the left coast, and I too trotted off to university to pursue a career as a teacher. It was there I realized what a hard and thankless job it really is.
The average teacher wears many hats. Caregiver/ roll model/ educator/ babysitter/ nurse/ law enforcer… a parental figure for numerous children.
I performed this role for a short period once when my daughter turned 10. She invited 10 friends to mini golf with cake and presents to follow at home. It was like herding cats! The party lasted all afternoon.
As I waited for the last of the kids to be picked up, all I could think of was putting my feet up, and having a glass of wine!

Teachers do this Monday through Friday for eight hours a day with three times as many kids! Think about it… In a class of 30, how many kids are going to throw up in a school year?
How many are going to injure themselves? get into mischief? cry? hit? steal? go missing?
How many will need the teacher’s help in the bathroom?
Oh, and I almost forgot… while this is happening, there are 29 other students waiting to be taught… and it’s teacher’s job to teach them!
Today, many parents are breathing a sigh of relief. Summer is over and the kids are back in school. We all love our kids more than anything in the world, but it’s just so difficult to get any “adulting” done in the summer when they’re with us 24/7!
Thank you teachers for doing all that you do! I hope you enjoyed your summer vacation… You deserved it!

Young Jamie‘s first day at “teachers school“ (I’m the one on the left)