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January 19, 2009 at 10:09 pm in reply to: Are there any gay elementary school teachers out there? #8106matthewhartley86Member
I want to start by saying this: This should NEVER come up in the classroom! Why should it? A person’s sexuality should have NOTHING to do with the classroom. Parents might ask, but this is none of their business and one should let them know that! This goes for anyone you work with as well! What happens in your bedroom should never be talked about at work.
I have had parents assume and say something to co-workers and directors. You have to pick your battles wisely. Remember, as a teacher, you are an advocate to everyone!
I am still in school. I will have my degree in about one year (which I am so excited about). I think that having a picture of my partner will be on my desk, but so will other people of my family (brother, sisters…etc). My partner does show up to some events however we don’t make this a big deal when he does. We act like every other couple there.
I hope this helps and makes since!December 8, 2008 at 1:42 pm in reply to: Are there any gay elementary school teachers out there? #8110matthewhartley86Member
My name is Matt. I live in Benton, Arkansas and I am currently working on my degree in Early Childhood at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. When I saw this forum, I had to read it. I am gay and have been working in pre k for 3 years. First of all, I don’t understand why anyone sexuality should have anything to do with the classroom. I hesitate in saying that, because I can understand why it would. Not in this case though. I think that there will always be people out there that think ridiculously, but it is our job to change the minds of the parents whose children are in our classrooms. I have had these experiences and the parents always regret whatever they have said. Anyway, I didn’t know there was such a thing as schools welcoming LGBT staff. What do I know though; I live in the bible belt of Arkansas. Hope this helps!