Support and Love in the Related Arts

By: Alexis Hamnett

…when you find that group of peers that defines support and love, hold on to it.

The same wonderful woman has either been across the hall or next door to me since I started teaching 15 years ago.  She is our school’s music teacher, and the Ying to my Yang. That’s 15 years of listening to Hot Cross Buns during recorder practice, and 15 years of Christmas carol practices that begin in September!   

In spite of such “torture”,  I would do anything for this woman; she is the one who is there for all of my moments.  My laughter, my tears, my stories of the ridiculous and the profound have all made their way to the rocking chair in her room.  We have covered for each other, happily trying to figure out how to teach combined classes when personal emergencies arise. She and I regularly make fools of ourselves together in costume and in song for the enjoyment of our elementary students, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Our Related Arts team is close and, while we are so all so profoundly different in philosophy, temperament, and teaching styles, our respect for each other triumphs everyday.

There are others, others equally as important, in my school building too.   Those that are sounding boards, confidants, each the others substitute teachers.  We are available to give 5 minutes, or the extra 5 cents, that one may need to buy a chocolate bar at the end of an especially crazy day.  Our Related Arts team is close and, while we are so all so profoundly different in philosophy, temperament, and teaching styles, our respect for each other triumphs everyday.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that when you find that group of peers that defines support and love, hold on to it.  Our job as teachers has us heading down wild roads everyday. Recognize when you have something special, and return the love to those around you who are willing to help you navigate it safely.