This short story was originally published in its entirety in November, 2018. The story will be reposted in smaller segments over the next several days. Enjoy a bit of humor and sarcasm in this fictional account, which does have a bit of truth lingering behind the words.
Pete arrives at Aaron Burr High School eager to kick off his teaching career. He is a first-year teacher who is feeling more than a tad edgy as he begins teaching high school students.
His preparedness from the university is masked by his nervousness and anxiety. Sometimes, he feels more like when he was standing in the batter’s box as a 12-year old, and he struck out with the bases loaded to end the game in defeat! He asks himself over and over again, “Will I really make it as a teacher?”
Why the community named its high school after Aaron Burr is a bit of a mystery. Afterall, about the only milestone ever noted about him in history is that he prevailed in a duel with Alexander Hamilton many, many years ago.
Nonetheless, Pete sets up his classroom with both apprehension and enthusiasm as he spends two days preparing it for the first day of school, which is arriving soon. His classroom is a computer lab where he will teach students in the applications of Microsoft Office in their personal and working lives (now that is mouthful of expectations).
He sometimes wonders why he could not have been the entrepreneur behind Microsoft’s enormous success instead of Bill Gates. Pete remains a big dreamer who hopes one day to make it to the top!
He is unaware of the challenges that are secretly waiting for him, just as a snake waits to spring upon its prey. Being a “rookie” teacher and a bit naïve, Pete is walking into a miserable swamp instead of an honored school. Nearly all of the teaching staff is new to Aaron Burr. As the opening bell awaits, they may remember the maiden and ill-fated voyage of the ocean liner Titanic.
Thank you for reading. Over the next several days, be looking for more details about the first day of school at Aaron Burr High School.