I Drove a Student Home

It’s true. I did.
Now, you may be familiar with all the different rules and standards teachers have to follow in different school districts to protect themselves from our society nowadays: no physical contact, no social media connections, no gifts, no giving rides, etc. Each school district is different with their rules.
Remember, my school is a small charter school (about 500 students K-9). A lot of the staff’s children go to the school. Almost all of them live near the school. All of them except me and the history teacher. I live in Provo, about 50 minutes away, and the history teacher lives in Orem, about 40 minutes away. She has a son in 7th grade, and a daughter who goes to high school in Orem.
During 3rd period on Thursday, she comes into my class asking to talk to me. We leave the room and she says her daughter was having an emergency and needed to go home immediately. But, she didn’t want to check her son out early, so she asked if I would take him home after school.

Immediately, the thought, “This is awkward. I’m a teacher. He’s a student. Am I even allowed to do that?”
But, she looked desperate. She needed help. She waned to be a good mom. She was my friend. My school is a community–everyone knows each other and everyone helps each other out.
So, I said, “Of course.”

The more I thought about it, the more I thought, “This is awkward. I don’t even teach her son. And I’m a teacher. And he’s a 13 year old boy. And it’s a 40 minute drive.”

But, that is one thing I really love about my charter school. It doesn’t matter. Teachers give other teachers’ children rides home all the time at my charter school. They are neighbors, not just coworkers. They are family friends, not just colleagues. It is more of a mother-to-mother carpooling issue than one of “appropriateness” and “ethics”.

True, the ride was a little awkward because he has a quieter personality and I didn’t teach him (plus the fact that I was a teacher), but it was like giving my 8th grade sister a ride home. When we pulled up to his house, he thanked me and walked right in his house.

The next morning, when I saw his mom, she thanked me with a look of motherly relief. Her daughter was taken care of and she knew her son was in good hands. I’m glad to have helped.
I’m so thankful to be working at this charter school where everyone is so close to each other and I feel so welcome. It is so nice to be accepted as one of them.

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.
  • That neighborly, "trusting" aspect is a really good thing about being a part of a small school!