Teachers Off the Clock: Summer Time Plans

Summer is a time of relaxation, rejuvenation, and exploration for most people. For teachers, it’s no different. After a long and challenging academic year, summer break is the perfect time for teachers to recharge their batteries, indulge in their passions, and prepare for the next school year.

“I’m going to Florida in June with my family,” Tyler Santoro said.  “ Then at the end of summer, I’m going to Europe for the school trip. We’re going to France and Belgium and I’ve never been to either of those two countries, so I’m excited to go on the trip.”

While some teachers choose to travel and explore new cultures, others spend their summers taking courses, attending workshops, or working on their own personal projects. 

“I definitely feel a break in June and July,” Carrie Hillis said. “I’m constantly getting inspired and constantly coming up with new ideas. As an art teacher, I’ve been doing a lot of art in the summer too. So I usually work on new techniques and things so it doesn’t feel like work to me.” 

While it may seem they get a long break, many teachers use this time to prepare for the upcoming school year. They are constantly working to ensure that they stay current and provide their students with the best possible education. Some teachers even work summer jobs to supplement their income. So, no, the school does not actually end for teachers during the summer.

“I’m working on economic stuff all summer long,” Matt Pedlow said. “But, a lot of teachers are busy getting ready for next year. I still answer emails every day, I don’t know how people think it just ends. I’ve never taken a summer off because I can’t afford to.”

We don’t have to forget the importance of teachers taking time for themselves. Teachers always need to be at their best for students but it’s equally important for them to take care of their well-being. 

“I think teachers need time to play and to explore because it keeps us inspired and fresh for our students,” Hillis said. I think we do have a responsibility to our students to be the best person that we can be. So I think it’s important for us to have that break to play, and have fun.”