By Madilyn Loper
This year, Mrs. Meyers’ class started school without her while she was on maternity leave. At first, her students didn’t know what to expect this coming school year. They had two teachers filling in for her before a substitute came and took over. For the first month of school, the students mostly did independent work and were confused about the assignments they were given. When Mrs. Meyers came back to class, she quickly got the students more involved. Gianna Parise, one of her first block students, said she “thought Mrs. Meyers was going to give a lot of work,” when she first met her. After spending the last few months in her class, she said, “Mrs. Meyers is a good teacher, and she’s very helpful.”
Mrs. Meyers recently had her son, which is her first child, and she said, “I always wanted two, but he’s really cool, so I think I’ll just stop here.” It was hard to come back to school for her since she used to be with her baby 24 hours a day, so being away from him was really foreign- though after she came back to school in October, she said, “it felt nice to be out of the house and talk to people other than The Wiggles.” Despite being nervous about being away from him, she feels lucky to live close to Freedom, so she never feels like he’s too far away from her. She gets pictures everyday from the person who watches and takes care of him while she’s at work, so she feels connected to him.
She added that, “I’m really happy to be a teacher and to know that I get the summer each year to be with him all day, and that he will always have the same days off and breaks as me, so that we get to have a lot of quality time!”