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Teachers Pet Peeves at d.tech

Anna Grinberg | agrinberg20@dtechhs.org | September 19,2019

One of the most essential parts of a school is its staff. Staff members at d.tech are constantly taking on extreme workloads, deeply caring for their students, and maintaining a feeling of inclusivity and safety. Similar to the school itself, each staff member is unique and has unique preferences and teaching styles. Sometimes students are unsure about how to act in certain classes with certain teachers; this can sometimes result in conflict, big or small. There are times when teachers get annoyed by little things students do and result in certain pet peeves (something a person finds especially annoying) being developed.

Math teacher David Groat watching student flip a plastic water bottle. Photo by Anna Grinberg

David Groat, a math teacher at d.tech said “I do not have a lot of pet peeves, because I’m a very patient person, but I do hate water bottle flipping.” referring to the 2016 trend of throwing half-filled water bottles with the goal to have it land right side up. “It has an annoying crinkle thunk, and people have this very egocentric view of what they’re doing because they don’t think about how it is annoying the people around them,” said Groat. Though Groat is known to be one of the more laid back teachers who does not get annoyed or angered easily if you find yourself in his class, do not flip your water bottle, or you will find it in the recycling bin.

Many students at d.tech complain about being tired. This turns out to be one of the pet peeves of Quincy Stamper, Instructional Assistant, photography teacher, and FIT advisor. “I don’t think they (the students) understand what tired really means, and also I don’t think that complaining about hard work is what they should be doing right now,” said Stamper, commenting on why he has this pet peeve. Stamper continued to say, “don’t complain about it, just learn and try your best.”  Though it may be hard to start the day, with upcoming deadlines and lack of sleep weighing you down, be sure to greet Stamper with an upbeat attitude and a smile; this may not only help Stamper but you as well. 

If a student comes to school late, or they need to turn in a permission slip or a form for taking college classes, they come to the front desk run by Receptionist Abigail Rosete. “Inconsiderate people are a pet peeve of mine,” said Rosete. For example, I don’t like it when students are not mindful-” at this point, Rosete was cut off by about 10 students who forgot to print out poems for their English class and crowded around her desk taking over the space. The students definitely were not focused on respecting Rosete but instead, we’re focused on their own needs. After the flurry of students passed, Rosete said: “See, that gets a little annoying, also people who come into [the office] and start disrespecting the space, and messing with my things.” Nobody comes into school thinking “I’m going to be inconsiderate” but sometimes students are so busy they forget to be patient and kind with the staff, whose job is to help the students. If you need to print something from the front desk or are looking for a form, keep in mind that you need to be patient and kind to Rosete. You may be in a hurry and need something ASAP but respect the office space and try to be pleasant to the people waiting and Rosete, whom you rely on for all your printing needs. 

When you walk around campus you may notice trash, wrappers and general uncleanliness in the hallways, classrooms, and break out spaces. You may not mind or even notice this but some staff members find it extremely irritating and disrespectful. “I grew up in cleanliness, in Chilé we were taught that it was our duty to keep our country clean,” said Spanish teacher Carolina Moroder. She finds it extremely irritating when people forget or do not care about the trash they leave behind. Throughout the day, she can be seen picking up little bits of paper and plastic that students leave behind in class. For example, when a student dropped gum on the floor, she spent hours scrubbing it out of the carpet. Afterward, she talked to her classes about being good stewards of the school, without chastising or punishing them. When asked about how this pet peeve started up, Moroder noted: “Being a mom is probably a big part of it, everybody’s mom wants them to be clean and organized.” Be sure, when entering her classroom, you keep the space around you clean and continue this to your habits throughout your day.

While we may think of them as just teachers, teachers have pet peeves and are people as well. Keeping these in mind may help us to be more mindful and to keep our d.tech teachers sane. 

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