That night I emailed the current principal at my old school requesting he hire me for one day, maybe as a substitute. In my note to him I explained I was a former alumnus of the teaching staff, but I then realized the term “former alumnus” is redundant, which pretty much ruined my chance of getting to teach an advanced placement English class for the day. I also told him I would happily take a homeroom, lunchroom or study hall assignment, which I had experience with as a teacher. And, coincidentally, those were my strong suits when I attended that very same high school.
The principal didn’t think there would be any problem making this happen, but to be sure he referred my request to the head of human resources, who in turn is going to talk to the attorney for the Retired Teachers Association. Yes, when you want things to be easy and simple, what better way than to get a lawyer involved. Stand by for the decision.
Will I be as comfortable in front of a class as I am a TV camera or an audience at an after-dinner speech? How much have teenagers changed? What will I talk about? Yes, my brief return to the classroom will require some preparation. I’ll just have to work the words “garage” and “drawer” and “mother” into my lesson plan.
Dick Wolfsie is an on-air personality at WISH-TV Channel 8 and weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at Wolfsie@aol.com.