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When Teachers Leave: Learning to Love Their Replacement

I work two part-time jobs and by that I mean I work two full-time jobs, but I attempt to cram them into one work week. This is difficult for a few reasons: work often bleeds into my weekends, I sleep even less than when my children were infants, and I’m always behind on laundry.

It also means that Anders and Danica must go to preschool five days a week. I don’t view this as a negative. They benefit from the opportunity to interact with children their age and if I kept them home with me while I worked I would likely park them in front of the television instead of bringing them out into the sunshine. 

These are the things I tell myself when I drop them off each morning, but what really enables me to crank the car and drive away from the daycare is the trust I have in their teachers. We have really lucked out with both of them. They are kind and attentive. I feel like they genuinely enjoy teaching children and the opportunity to interact with them and, most important of all, I feel like they love my children and the feeling is mutual.

That is why the note I received in Anders’ school folder this afternoon has had me pacing my kitchen and wringing my hands all evening. Apparently, Anders’ teacher has taken a job as a first grade teacher. She will be leaving in two weeks and, for the double whammy, Danica will be moving into the room for 3-year-olds at the same time.

That’s right, two kids simultaneously dealing with the absence of an adult they have developed an attachment to and one mother who will be learning to love (or dislike) the teachers that are replacing them. The month of April promises to be a bumpy month for preschool drop off for kids, parents, and teachers alike.

How do you prepare your children for new school teachers? Is it a tough adjustment no matter what?

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