A day in the life of a PCM teacher

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PCM High School employs many teachers, and each one of them has their own routine and story. Students often wonder what it would be like to be a teacher. PCM High School employs many teachers, and each one of them has their own routine and story. Students often wonder what it would be like to be a teacher. PCM High School employs many teachers, and each one of them has their own routine and story. Students often wonder what it would be like to be a teacher.

Gabe Graber, staff writer

Students at PCM High School, as well as many other students in other schools, must wonder what it would be like to be a teacher. Every teacher has different classes at different times, so that raises many questions like “what are they up to during school hours, before and after school? Twelve teachers were interviewed about this, one from each hour from 6 a.mm to 6 p.m. and each one gave a very diverse answer. Students often forget that teachers are human too, and that they chose their specific careers. 

“At six in the morning I am usually up teaching a workout class. A couple mornings a week, anyway,” biology teacher Erin Wood said. 

Wood works part time at Body Shop Fitness, a fitness center by Monroe. It shows that sometimes teachers work outside of school. 

“At seven, I’m driving to school listening to baseball talk on the radio,” social studies teacher John Schaeffer said.

Schaeffer is an avid Chicago Cubs fan that will take any opportunity to learn more about them. He often talks to other students about the Cubs as well, making him very approachable. 

“At eight o’ clock, I am getting ready for my first hour class and standing in the hallway saying good morning to Ms. Pohl and Mr. Michael,” sophomore English teacher Dylan Heacock said. 

The school is full of very different people with very different jobs, so everyone is inside their own little world, so to speak. Across the building, someone can be having a totally different day. 

“At 9 a.m. on any given day, I am teaching Algebra, [specifically] Algebra 1. It’s my first class of the day,” algebra teacher Trey Thompson said. 

A school day can take a mental toll on anyone, so any day can start slowly. By ten o’ clock, everyone is usually completely settled in. 

“At ten o’ clock, I am usually in Accounting. Unless it is a Monday, then it would be Computer Apps day,” business and computer science teacher Kristen Burghorn said.

Eleven is usually much of the same. The only difference is that students start to anticipate lunch.

“Eleven o’ clock is 4th hour PE, so [students are] playing a game or something of that nature. [I’m] trying to get kids [to be active],” physical education teacher Tara Williams said. 

Lunch at PCM takes place from 11:15 a.m.-1:01 p.m. and is divided into four sections. As soon as one o’clock comes around, classes begin again. By two, everyone is officially settled in for the afternoon. 

“At two, I am in yearbook class. We are taking photos, publishing [the] book and making it look great,” English teacher Brooke Grett said. 

By the time three o’ clock comes around, seemingly everyone is just staring at the clock, anticipating school being over. 

“At three o’ clock on a typical day, I would be finishing up in Spanish I. We would probably be finishing up an activity and getting ready for me to go over the answers. I would probably also be looking at the clock because 3:15 is the end of the school day,” Spanish teacher Kellie Jacobson said. 

After school hours, extracurricular activities start, such as track and field. There are also clubs and sporting events. Teachers can be coaches, too.

“[At four o’ clock] I’m usually at girl’s track practice. Sometimes it’s a meet, sometimes it’s practice. [The meet] could be home or away. I’m getting ready for field events,” math teacher and track coach Logan Bieghler said. 

At five, the activities generally come to a close and everyone is done for the day. Some teachers in particular are very tired. 

“Honestly, [at 5] I am just probably just waking up from a nap. [School is] a lot of standing and a lot of talking, and I kind of have to be happy all day. It gets exhausting,” art teacher Jenny Morrett said. 

Around six, everyone has completely checked out. Teachers are with their families and anticipating another school day. 

“[At six] I go home and check in with the grand kids to see what work they have. Sometimes I go to track meets or the kids’ activities,” associate Kathy Masterson said.