“Many feminist scholars believe it is essential to put women as well as indigenous people back into the human story.”
Karen Vogel, 1995
Women teachers all around me and I am a woman too. Have I always noticed a woman’s narrative—Or are my inklings new? Alas, I find myself caught in another web of wondering. Will I find my observations true to all teachers or will I find them unique expressions of womanhood?
~Women teachers are caretakers all day long. Running from school to home, from students to children, to life partner, to parents
~Women teachers speak loyalty and trust. They want to please. They care about relationships. They are team players.
~Women teachers sacrifice themselves in order to keep things running smoothly.
~Women teachers juggle two, three sometimes four jobs (inside and outside the home). Sometimes they feel energized by this dynamic schedule. Often they are fatigued and wonder how they will possibly manage it all.
~Women teachers don’t feel comfortable saying no and setting boundaries. They are likely to appease and accommodate to keep harmony.
~Women teachers apologize even when they are not responsible for the pain or suffering of others.
~Women teachers care about aesthetics.
~Women teachers teach like it’s a labor of love. They celebrate life through teaching.
To be continued…