“Mr. B” teaches second-grade

by Brittany Boyd in Northern Virginia, USA

At Little River Elementary School in South Riding, second-grade teacher Timothy Bjorseth, affectionately known as “Mr. B,” is one of only six male teachers among a faculty of 45.

A 10-year instructor in education, Bjorseth said he was even more of a minority at the first elementary school where he taught in Illinois. He said he was the only male teacher that school had seen in 10 or 15 years.

When deciding to pursue a career in education, Bjorseth said he did not waver because he’d be a minority as a male.

“I was not going to say, ‘I want to be a lawyer’ because there are more women [in teaching],” he said. “I didn’t think that was a big factor.”

Aside from a few exceptions, Bjorseth sees no problems working mostly with women.

“What’s kind of quirky is that when you go to the teachers’ lounge, there are lots of conversations I’m not familiar with. Baby showers, wedding showers and weddings. I don’t really relate,” he said. “That’s awkward. That’s when I feel like an oddball. But otherwise it’s been great.”

A visit to Mr. B’s colorful classroom proves the kids don’t mind having a male teacher. During a recent math lesson, it was nothing but giggles and enthusiastic learning.

“I cannot believe the brain power. It’s wonderful,” said the teacher.