Today is May third and along with my co-worker and friend Bethany, I am one of the two drama advisers this year. I don't know anything about drama but that's not a big deal. Our school couldn't find anyone to teach it as a class this year and nobody else stepped up to put on the two yearly plays so Bethany and I said we'd do it. A third teacher helped in the fall but this spring stepped away. Anyway, this spring we have three seniors who are directing the production which is called All You Need Is Love. It consists of seven vignettes all centered around the theme of love. The three kids wrote five of the seven and Bethany and I each wrote one. Mine is entitled The Dating Game and it is definitely the worst-written of the seven. The three bachelors are Romeo Montague, Forrest Gump, and Donald Trump. The bachelorette selecting her date is named Sunny Delight. I am definitely going for cheap jokes and since my actors are amazing, it has some good moments. The other vignettes are awesome though. Anyway, after rehearsing each day after school for a month and shopping for costumes/wardrobe/props on Saturdays, we have performances this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Saturday afternoon my daughter has her fifth birthday party. Her birthday itself is next Wednesday. I'm excited for this.
On Tuesday of next week, May 10th, my annual reading event, Orpheus, has its first night. Click on that link if you want the details. Anyway, it takes place on May 10th, May 18th, and May 26th. It is an event where I have some of my students reading their original writing in front of a live audience but the catch is that professional authors read as well. It's a pretty cool event. Now click on that link and check it out.
On May 19th, our school is hosting International Family Night. It is an evening celebration of culture with a massive potluck, a talent portion, and a few presentations. It will be an amazing night with hopefully over 300 people attending. I'm co-chairing it. My cup runneth over.
On May 21st, our school has prom. As a school with nearly 80% of our student body receiving free or reduced lunch, the monetary aspect of prom can be a challenge. Bethany and I are going to host a dinner (at her house) for 12-14 students who probably wouldn't be able to afford a nice meal. Our spouses are doing the cooking (Thank you so much Daniel and Jessica) while Bethany and I serve as waitstaff. I think our children might be the entertainment but I'm not sure.
Again, this is not a complaint; I love my job and most everything about it. This is not me looking for kudos; I don't want them. I just want to say that teachers do more than people realize. I was telling my non-teaching friend about my month and he said that at least I'd have a nice stipend coming my way for all of the extra-curricular things I was doing. How much extra do I get paid for all of this? Nothing. No money at all. Again, I'm not complaining. This is how it is and I knew that going in. It is a labor of love and I only bring it up to reiterate that teachers do some good and oftentimes we do it free of charge.
This is my story of a busy May but I am not alone. Other teachers do the same thing every day. So thank a teacher today!!!