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Being a teacher’s kid comes with pros and cons

Published Feb. 1, 2023


While other kids my age were being taught by their parents to ride a bike or tie their shoelaces, I was being taught the importance of prepositional phrases and dependent clauses. My dad is an English teacher at Carmel High School, and I was frequently in my dad’s classroom growing up, either running through rows of desks or using his whiteboard as my own coloring book. Now I spend even more time in that classroom because I have my dad as my teacher for Newspaper. 

Sarah Schmidt constantly encounters former students of her father in public, which to her is a sense of pride, yet a repetitive one. (photo by SARAH SCHMIDT)

Whether constantly running into their parent’s former students in public or taking advantage of their classroom’s mini fridge as a place to store snacks, many teachers’ kids can agree that there are both advantages and disadvantages to having a parent at CHS. 

An advantage for many is that the transition from middle school to high school is considerably easier. Junior Hudson Silva, whose father Brent Silva teaches history, believes that teachers’ kids have a better understanding of the school system because of their parents, not only due to spending a lot of time at CHS while growing up, but also knowing what to expect from certain classes and teachers.

“When I was younger, my siblings and I spent a bunch of time at the high school riding around campus on scooters,” says senior Sarah Schmidt, daughter of English teacher Hans Schmidt, “so I felt like I already had a strong sense of the place.” 

Those who have a parent as a teacher admit that not only is it beneficial to have accessible help at home, but having a parent so passionate about a subject can be eye-opening. Many teachers’ kids are in agreement that being taught subjects from an early age has led them to excel at or gain an interest in a particular subject. 

“Because I’m in my mom’s class and have been in all four years of high school, I’ve developed a really deep connection to the dance program at Carmel High School,” explains senior Sage Melton, daughter of CHS dance instructor Kristine Tarozzi. 

While having her dad as a teacher, Buran was able to ask her father science-related questions and knew how to prepare for tests. (courtesy of SONJA BURAN)

While being taught by a parent can be motivating at times, it can also be filled with embarrassing moments. Senior Sonja Buran had her dad Kevin Buran as her Honors Biology teacher as a freshman and says that it was a slightly awkward dynamic during her first week of having him as a teacher. 

“I had to deal with him showing my baby photos to people, making fun of me and my friends in front of the whole class and some uncomfortable questions and comments from my peers,” recalls Sonja in a joking manner. 

Based on my own personal experience and that of other teachers’ kids, we are often held to a higher standard than most students, not only by our parents but by other teachers on campus. There is a lot of pressure from others to succeed, and to fail feels like a poor reflection on one’s teacher parent. 

Sage and Bodhi Melton agree that having their mother on campus at all times is a convenience. (courtesy of SAGE MELTON)

“[High school] feels harder because it sets expectations and teachers already know me, so I can’t slip up,” says freshman Jackson, Brent Silva’s younger son.

For many, the simple benefits of being the child of a teacher outweigh the negatives. A classroom may be a place of learning for most students on campus, but for teachers’ kids, a classroom is a personal room to store food and sports equipment, while being a “safe space” to go whenever necessary. 

“I would make up silly games using [my mom’s] yoga equipment with my friends, such as a different version of dodgeball or wall ball,” says freshman Bodhi Melton, Tarozzi’s younger child. 

Out of the 14 teachers’ kids currently at CHS, most acknowledge that while there can be downsides to going to school with Mom or Dad on a daily basis, they are grateful to have their parents on campus. 

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