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Lady Celts sprint past Royal Scots


Of the Keizertimes

With a win over Sprague in their previous contest, McKay’s girls basketball team broke their 37-game conference losing streak and came into their game with McNary beaming with confidence.

But last Friday night, the Lady Celts brought McKay back down to Earth. 

McNary got 15 points from Abigail Hawley and 12 points each by Sabella Alfaro and Mackenzie Proctor as the Celtics led from start-to-finish and defeated the Royal Scots by a score of 56-30 on Jan. 18.

“We came focused and ready to play. That was apparent in the first half,” McNary head coach Elizabeth Doran said. “We played with a lot of confidence.”

With the Celtics leading 6-5 in the early minutes of the opening quarter, Hawley got loose for an easy layup after a beautiful feed from point guard Leah Doutt.

Hawley knocked down a pair of jumpers later in the period, which was then followed by a trio of baskets by Alfaro, helping the Celtics go on a 14-1 run and end the period with a 20-6 advantage.

“We did a good job of getting out in transition to get easy buckets,” Hawley said. “Our defense gave us a lot of opportunities to score.”

Even though they went through an offensive lull to begin the second period, McNary’s defense completely stifled any chance McKay had to get back into the game.

Playing a combination of man-to-man and 2-3 zone defenses throughout the game, plus the occasional full-court press, McNary kept the Royal Scots on their heels for all 32 minutes — 30 points is the least McNary has allowed an opponent to score so far this season.

“These girls just buy in on defense,” Doran said. “We all jump on board and play team defense.”

Midway through the second quarter, Proctor finished an easy layup after coming away with a steal. Moments later, the sophomore guard knocked down a pair of 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions, giving the Celtics the 30-10 advantage at the break.

“Mackenzie hit some big shots,” Doran said. “It was good to see her step up.”

“I was just shooting with confidence,” Proctor added.

McKay got the lead down to 16 before the seven minute mark in the fourth quarter, but McNary made sure that they thwarted any type of comeback attempt. 

Four quick points from Hawley and a corner triple from Alfaro allowed McNary to open the period on an 8-0 run to go on top 49-25.

McNary returns to the hardwood on Saturday to host Mountain View at 6:30 p.m.

Legislators prep for two years in ‘superminority’


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Sen. Kim Thatcher and Rep. Bill Post, the two Republicans representing Keizer, are expecting a trying 2019 session. 

Democrats hold a supermajority in the Oregon Legislature and the governor’s office which means that Republicans have little recourse when it comes to stopping the bills they oppose without getting Democrats to cross the aisle. What Thatcher and Post are hoping is that Sen. Peter Courtney can reign in his party to some degree. 

“He’s the last Oregon statesman and that’s what this session will be about,” Post said. 

“But he has a fractured caucus and I think it will be difficult to keep the more divisive stuff at bay,” said Thatcher. 

As far as their personal priorities, Thatcher is a chief sponsor of Senate Bill 321, which would modify the procedure by which a person convicted of a felony can request new DNA testing. 

“Oregon’s laws are such that they have to prove innocence before ordering a new DNA test. [SB 321] would allow retesting before proof of innocence,” Thatcher said. “We want to ensure that we have the right people locked up for rape and murder.” 

Thatcher’s office is also looking into potential solutions to the state’s housing crisis and alternatives to Democrat-endorsed cap-and-trade limits on carbon emissions. 

“I am working with my staff who know some people who have alternatives. If Democrats want to go this direction, I want to know what the alternatives are.” 

Post is again trying to free up allergy sufferers to purchase Sudafed-type medication without seeing a doctor for a prescription. Oregon’s restrictions on Sudafed are some of the strictest in the nation while other states keep the medication behind the counter and allow purchase of the medication as long as the consumer presents a photo ID. 

Post has new hope for the bill, which has failed previously, because it appears to have the support of House Speaker Tina Kotek. 

“All the legislators are tired of driving to Vancouver for Sudafed,” Post said.

Thatcher is also returning with another attempt to mandate that Oregon honor concealed carry licenses issued in other states. Rather than a blanket reciprocity for any license issued in another state, this time she’s focusing on states already offering reciprocity to Oregon concealed license holders. 

Post is pushing for a new $2 million allotment for recipients of SNAP and TANF benefits. He knows it isn’t going to be popular with some of his constituents, but he’s heard from many families who are running out of money for basic needs like diapers before the end of the month. 

Another bill that even Post admits is something of a surprise for him, is one that would give certain youth offenders a chance for a sentencing review before being transferred to adult facilities.  

“I’ve spent a lot of time hanging out with the youth at McLaren as part of my church (Salem Evangelical), and I’ve met enough of these guys who can say they were being idiots or made a mistake. I have a young man in my mind who deserves a break, and this is coming from a hard-on-criminals guy,” Post said. 

While they are still waiting to see what other major issues rise to the surface, one issue they are united in standing against are gun control efforts including a proposed limit on ammunition sales and outlawing magazines with a capacity of more than five rounds. 

“Only allowing someone 20 rounds a month limits people’s ability to be proficient with their weapons. That’s a safety issue for me,” Post said. 

“There are the perennial bills that whittle away at people’s constitutional rights. Every right is abused and people get hurt over it. There will always be those people, it’s not the tool,” Thatcher said. 

All of the work will be taking place against a background of a major investigation at the Oregon Capitol. The Bureau of Labor and Industry is following up on reports of sexual harassment throughout the Capitol, some of which have mentioned Post by name. 

While Post said the investigation is an “act of revenge by [Democrat] Brad Avakian against his own party,” Thatcher is hoping some good can come out of it. 

“It’s also shedding some light on things and because of it I am hopeful that we make some good changes,” said Thatcher who is part of the Capitol Culture Committee working to improve the workplace environment. “We’ll be dealing with the rules and hope to make it better for people and without creating a space for politically-based allegations. I do want to make sure people don’t have to be subjected to creepy behavior.”

Regardless of the issue, both legislators hope to have more constructive talks than are happening at the federal level of government. Both expressed frustration with the partial government shutdown after attending a training on civil discourse last week that illuminated the problems that arise when parties become too entrenched in a particular position. 

“I think that demonstration will be in the back of peoples’ minds,” Thatcher said. “There are instances when you have to agree to disagree, but we have to keep talking.”

Church seeks eminent domain dismissal


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St. Edward Catholic Church is asking that the courts dismiss an eminent domain compliant filed by the Salem-Keizer School District in regard to six acres of vacant land the district wants to expand McNary High School. 

In response to the district request for immediate condemnation and possession, the church contends, in documents submitted to Marion County Circuit Court, that the school district did not comply with proper eminent domain procedure and has “failed to justify its need for immediate possession of St. Edward’s property.”

The allegation of improper procedure hinges on the district not establishing a fund for the estimated just compensation and instead seeking condemnation for immediate possession. 

Additionally, the church argues that while the district wants immediate possession to stay within its construction schedule, it did not provide any detail regarding the timelines and other hurdles, like permitting, that it needs to clear. As a result, according to the church, the district has not detailed what economic hardship would be endured without the immediate possession “as opposed to three months from now, or a year from now.”

In a separate document seeking dismissal of the eminent domain claim, the church claims the request for ownership violates the Religious Land Use And Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). That act states that the government cannot impose or implement land use regulation of “substantial burden” on the religious exercise of a person … assembly, or institution.” RLUIPA also mandates that governmental agencies wishing to impose such regulation prove a compelling interest and use the “least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.” 

According to the dismissal request, Oregon courts have yet to determine whether RLUIPA applies to eminent domain cases, which means the process – and any appeals that arise – might drag on for a while. 

In December, the church rejected an offer of $1.75 million for the six acres. The offer was about $200,000 more than the highest appraisal value.

New owners, new space for Keizer gym


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Keizer’s Snap Fitness location has new owners and will unveil a new expansion at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. 

Personal trainers Cameron Tadlock and Carrie Strong recently purchased the franchise location from the previous owner and have added nearly 1,500 square feet of “functional fitness” space. 

“The stuff we have in there is colorful and fun and its the perfect way to supplement the regular gym stuff. Looks more like a daycare center for adults,” said Tadlock. 

Functional fitness focuses on balance and coordination through movements like kneeling, squatting, running, jumping and more. It’s completing the circuit found in traditional gyms that focus on cardio and lifting, Tadlock said. 

The new space will have seven stations outfitted with equipment like punching bags, sandbags, tire flips and battle ropes. It also has 57 feet of turf surface and a sled push. 

“I am so unbelievably excited. When I got into fitness, I was so bored. You’re stuck between science and very creative marketing. I think most gyms are done wrong, we’re supposed to be here to help people,” Tadlock said. 

Tadlock became a certified trainer almost 10 years ago after a career in retail management. While working in construction, a friend encouraged him to go to a gym and he dropped 70 pounds and it put him on a new path. 

He’s been part the Keizer Snap Fitness location, 5442 River Road N., since 2011. 

In addition to the new space, Keizer’s Snap Fitness offers cardio and weight machines, personal training and a special room where members can cue up one of more than 350 training programs on demand. 

For more information, call 503-400-6344. 

McNary takes down West Salem on the mat


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Even though the McNary wrestling squad is among the youngest in the Mountain Valley Conference, the Celtics have shown over the course of the season that they have a lot of potential.

And they proved it once in their first home dual of the year.

The Celtics won their first MVC meet of the season on Wednesday, Jan. 16, defeating West Salem in convincing fashion by a score of 50-22. 

Even though it was an impressive victory, McNary head coach Jason Ebbs doesn’t want his kids to lose sight of what their focus is.

“This was a very nice, competitive dual for us and I thought our kids looked good,” Ebbs said. “But were not going up and putting notches in our hat quite yet. We still need to focus on improvement.”

“We’ve still got a long ways to go, but if we take advantage of the time we have over the next four weeks, we’re going to win more matches.”

After West Salem forfeited the 182-pound match, Garrett Wampler started the night off for the Celtics in the 195-pound bout. Even though he was wrestling up a division, Wampler dominated his opponent and earned a pin late in the first round.

“I just went in there knowing that I could get in control right off the bat,” Wampler said. 

Anthony Garcia-Reyes continued to build the momentum for McNary in the following match. The junior 220-pounder took a big lead on the scoreboard after getting a big three-point takedown early in the second round, then eventually forced a fall late in the third round. 

With two straight pins, as well as a pair of forfeits, the Celtics 24-0 lead set the tone for the rest of the match.

“Winning early and getting the ball rolling is huge,” Ebbs said. “It’s a product of the hours and hours those kids put in at practice against each other.”

In the 113-pound match, McNary’s Grady Burrows appeared to be in deep trouble when he was sent to the mat late in the first round. But the sophomore was able to keep his shoulder blades just off the ground by the time the buzzer sounded, avoiding the early fall. 

When the third round of the match began, West Salem’s Lance McClung came at Burrows and tried a leg throw, but Burrows saw it coming from a mile away.

“I knew that West (Salem) likes to throw in legs, so that’s what I was kind of anticipating him to do,” Burrows said. 

Burrows combated the move, maneuvered his body and sent McClung to the floor, earning the fall 21 seconds into the final round.

After the victory, Burrows pointed over to McNary assistant coach Sam Martin — who coached at West Salem last season.

“It was my way to tell Coach Martin that win was for him,” Burrows said.

Ryan Bamford (170 lbs.) earned the third and final pin for the Celtics in this one.

McNary’s Daniel Hernandez (126 lbs.) won via 5-3 decision and Matthew Mehlhoff (152 lbs.) was victorious in his match with a technical fall while leading 25-10.

McNary will host their next match tonight against North Salem at 7 p.m.

A groundbreaking First Citizen


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As Vickie Jackson accepted the title and award of Keizer’s First Citizen at a banquet Saturday, Jan. 19, she called out the previous First Citizen honorees in a line in front of her. 

“They set the example for me to follow,” said Jackson. 

Jackson was one of four award winners during the banquet, which is an annual event hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. Kyle Juran, owner of Remodeling by Classic Homes, was honored as Merchant of the Year. Brian Aicher was presented the Service to Education Award, and Larry Schmidgall was given the President’s Award by current Chamber President Bob Shackleford. 

Jackson’s list of community involvement threatened to have presenter Joe Egli reaching for a glass of water, but the longtime owner of AccurAccounts broke new ground in one of Keizer’s older institutions. 

Jackson became a member of the Rotary Club of Keizer in 1990 – just two years after the club began admitting women – and served as the first woman president in 1998-99. She served as president again in 2014-15. 

“Rotary taught me how to give back to the community and how to be comfortable speaking in front of all you with all these bright lights,” Jackson said. 

Aside from Rotary involvement, Jackson has longstanding engagements with the Keizer and Salem chambers of commerce, Gubser Elementary School Parent-Teacher Club, the Whiteaker Middle School Mom and Dad Squad, the McNary High School Graduation Party, the Distinguished Young Women of Keizer program,and the Chemeketa Community College Advisory Committee. She’s also had a guiding role in the Keizer Big Toy project and the McNary High School Turf project. 

“The list goes on and on,” said Egli. “In addition to that, she’s hosted nine exchange students and has an impeccable reputation.”

Depending on the specific group or organization, Jackson is able to provide an undercurrent of consistency in otherwise high-turnover efforts, the McNary Grad Party being one of them.

Jackson started as an employee of the business she now owns, but said her community involvement is what’s helped it grow. 

“I didn’t try to make it get bigger, it happened because I met people in the community and they would want our help, too,” Jackson said. “That’s my message as First Citizen: if you have an opportunity to give back, find a way to do it. The benefits far outweigh the few minutes you give.”

Jackson lives in Keizer with her husband, Randy. They have two sons, Nicholas and Cody. 

Juran was honored for his involvement in city- and chamber-based committees and for the Classic Homes team going the extra mile to design and build a playhouse that was auctioned off during the 2018 KeizerFEST to raise money for the Keizer Network of Women Giving Basket Program. Juran also led the recent redesign on the new Chamber of Commerce office on River Road N. 

“Thank you for this and I appreciate the chance to work here in Keizer and work with the Chamber,” said Juran in accepting the award. 

Aicher is a longtime coach of Keizer youth and was commended for always giving extra time and attention to athletes beyond his involvement in boards and committees and contributions to major projects. 

“This is a tremendous honor and an even bigger surprise. I’ve coached a lot of people who are every bit as deserving of this as I am,” Aicher said. 

Schmidgall, Shackleford’s personal choice for the President’s Award, is a driving force behind the scenes of KeizerFEST and decorating River Road North for the holidays. For more than a quarter of a century, Schmidgall has helped stage parades, erect the KeizerFEST tent and drive dignitaries along the parade route. He also mans the forklift that allows other volunteers to hang holiday ornaments from the streetlights along River Road North each year. 

Schmidgall only reluctantly took the mic after having his name called. “Very unexpected. Thank you,” he said. 

First Citizen and other winners exemplify motto

Pride. Spirit. Volunteerism. Three powerful words. Three words that grace the fountain at Newton-McGee Plaza at the corner of River and Chemawa Roads in downtown Keizer. Three words that are, also, the motto of the city of Keizer. 

Those three words also exemplify the winners of the annual awards presented by the Keizer Chamber of Commerce at the First Citizens and Awards Banquet held Saturday, Jan. 19. 

The Chamber (and its predecessor, Keizer Merchants Association) have been honoring Keizerites since the 1960s. The list of Keizer Citizen recipients is a Who’s Who of the city’s leaders in business, community and philanthropy.

Vickie Jackson, who’s community resume includes two terms as president of the Rotary Club of Keizer, volunteer bookkeeper for PTAs and the McNary High School graduation party as well as her work with Keizer’s Distinguished Young Women program and her untold hours of volunteerism with various schools as her two sons made their way through elementary, middle and high school.

The announcement of Vickie Jackson as winner of the First Citizen award was met with a sustained standing ovation from the 200 attendees at Saturday’s banquet. 

Jackson thanked her husband, Randy Jackson, and sons Nick and Cody, for allowing her to spend time away to volunteer. She said that she received more than she gave through her volunteering.

Vickie Jackson is proud of the town she calls home, she does good work with enthusiasm and she volunteers just about anytime anyone asks. 

Kyle Juran, owner of Remodeling by Classic Homes, was announced as merchant of the year for his work for the community and the Chamber itself. 

Juran and his team contributed more than $3,000 of the $13,000 raised at 2018’s Percey Presents event that funds Keizer Network of Women’s Christmas Giving Basket program. That $3,000 came when Juran raffled off a life-size playhouse. All the proceeds from the raffle benefit, in the end, families and children in need during the holidays. Juran used his expertise and talents to help the Chamber prepare and move into its new quarters on River Road. Like all good Keizer volunteers, Kyle Juran never says no when asked to help his community.

Keizer native Brian Aicher was surprised when he was announced as the winner of the Service to Education Award. Like the past few education winners, the focus was on youth sports and its effect on the development of our kids. Aicher, a Salem Electric employee and a longtime mentor,  has coached hundreds of Keizer kids. Whether his time was spent coaching, administering or lifting a hammer or shovel, Aicher has lived the city’s pride, spirit and volunteerism motto to his core.

Each year the Chamber’s leader chooses a recipient for the President’s Award. Bob Shackleford named long-time KeizerFEST and Keizer Iris Festival volunteer Larry Schmidgall for the honor.

Anyone who visited the KeizerFEST tent has seen Larry Schmidgall, who, with his connections oversaw the beverage sales in the tent during the festival for years. He was pressed into service to do other chores during the festival, always with a smile.

Congratulations to all four honorees, who have given selflessly and with a smile. Models for all volunteers.

— LAZ  

Parties must feel heat to end shutdown


The partial government shutdown will end when both sides think they are losing the political war that started it—and not before then.

Yes it can end if one side caves, or if President Donald Trump declares a national emergency to fund a border wall, but that is not likely to happen within the next pay period or two, if at all.

Partisan rancor has herded voters into two corners so that both the Republican and Democratic bases don’t want their leaders to cut a deal.

Republicans support a shutdown that JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon warned could drive economic growth to zero if it continues. They only want to end it if they win funding for a wall.

Democrats also don’t want to end a stalemate that is separating 800,000 federal workers from their paychecks. Having funded border barriers in the past, Democratic leaders now say funding for Trump’s wall is a deal killer.

Party leaders’ energy is going toward making the other side look bad, not ending the stalemate.

Trump has pulled back on what his own negotiators had thought were good faith offers; his unreliability inhibits Republicans and Democrats from sticking their necks out for a measure that easily could fail.

Already burned, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he won’t bring a measure to a floor vote unless Trump commits to it.

No worries. Trump supporters say his behavior shows he is no creature of the swamp. Only insiders care if the president is short-sheeting his own team. At least Trump is willing to stand by a campaign promise, the Trump voter argues.

As the sage Henry Olsen of the Ethics and Public Policy Council put it, Trump is “showing that he can resist political pressure.” The shutdown has changed nothing.

“The people that are with him are with him,” quoth Olsen. “The people that are against him are against him.”

In a play to differentiate themselves, House Democrats engage in the charade of passing spending measures that have zero chance of being enacted to demonstrate that they at least are willing to do something. When they get tired of that ploy, they go to the Senate to demand McConnell put unpassable bills to a floor vote.

So yes, they are willing to do something—stunts.

Another stunt: Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s letter effectively telling Trump not to bother delivering a State of the Union address in the Capitol on Jan. 29 because of security concerns for a “national special security event” during a government shutdown. It helps if you forget she invited Trump after the shutdown began.

The Democratic base approved Pelosi’s move as fervently as Trump’s voters cheered when he yanked the military plane that was supposed to take Pelosi and fellow Democrats to Brussels and Afghanistan.

Pelosi’s claim that she always has been a supporter of “securing our border” defies credulity. Pelosi also has called a border wall “an immorality. It’s not who we are as a nation.”

Fox News anchor Bret Baier pressed House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to say if he shared Pelosi’s view on the wall’s morality or the claim by former Congressman Beto O’Rourke of Texas, that a border wall is “racist.”

Hoyer, the poor guy, hemmed and hawed about walls being immoral when they keep people prisoner when they shouldn’t be prisoners.

The problem, as Trump put it when he addressed the Pentagon Thursday, is the Democratic Party “has been hijacked by the open-borders fringe within the party.”

What will it take to end the shutdown?

Roll Call taped a town hall given by Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Md., as he addressed a room that included furloughed federal workers understandably fearful about how they can survive without paychecks.

“What exactly do you want folks to do out here?” a young woman asked him. “Should we be pressuring Sen. McConnell? What do we need to be doing to get things resolved?”

She meant well, but when federal workers direct their ire at Republicans and not Democrats, they become unwitting enablers.

Fun fact: McConnell doesn’t care if federal workers in Maryland send him nasty emails. He cares about the core values of his constituents in Kentucky, where 62.5 percent of voters supported Trump.

Likewise Pelosi listens to her San Francisco homies, not the “Make America Great Again” voter.

Voters who want to see an end to the shutdown have one recourse: They can turn the heat on their own party. When progressives lean on Pelosi and conservatives lean on Trump and GOP lawmakers, the shutdown will end.

(Creators Syndicate)

Hopeful even while being in minority

from the capitol

The 80th legislative session has begun! After a week of orientation, training and opening ceremonies, we now begin the actual work of legislation. That means committees meet, bills are heard and debated, and House and Senate floor voting sessions begin.

First of all, I thought I would highlight some of the legislation I am working on. Always remember, you can find all bills, all committees and live/recorded video of everything we do in the Capitol on the OLIS site: It’s a tremendous tool for tracking all that goes on here. The bills I introduced are: 

• HB 2297 which would be a referral to the voters to have Oregon join with other west coast states to go to permanent daylight savings time. There is real consensus to move forward with this and Sen. Kim Thatcher has a similar bill in the Senate, that way the idea is going out from both sides of the building. Both bills have broad bi-partisan support. 

• HB 2302 would provide “guaranteed assistance” to those who are the most needy in Oregon. It would be a small investment in covering those things that current public assistance doesn’t cover, i.e., diapers and other day-to-day necessities. 

• HB 2299 addresses those who attempt to elude police and cause high speed chases endangering our law enforcement as well as anyone else on the road. 

• HB 2300 addresses those who try to harass others by sending nude photos by text or social media. 

• HB 2295 would look at youth in corrections who may have “earned” a review of their sentence. 

• HB 2314 tackles a long time issue for motorcyclists called “lane splitting/sharing, allowing motorcycles to “split” a lane in very specific traffic situations. 

Finally, after so many people reached out to me after the 2017 session, telling me their stories of buying Sudafed products in the states around us, I am running HB 2303 the “Sudafed bill” again. This would not return us to the days of “over the counter” but have us join the vast majority of America in making these products behind the counter and the purchaser having to show a picture ID, sign a form, be logged into a system and then get a small amount of the product. Over 40 states use the system that is proposed in HB 2303. Oregon currently requires you to visit a doctor and have them prescribe the product at a much higher price than it would be behind the counter. I hope you’ll come to visit your Capitol this session and participate in the political process. Please call my office with questions or concerns at 503-986-1425.

(Bill Post represents House District 25. He can be reached at 503- 986-1425 or via email at rep. bil- [email protected]

Seven things I’ve learned about education


After my first year of teaching here are the things I have learned about public education:

1.) I didn’t know teachers had so much freedom to customize their curriculum. Each course has five to 10 different theories that a student must learn by the end of the semester. How you get there and what else your students learn along the way is essentially left up to the educator.

2.) The students are not as addicted to their phones as you might think. I don’t have issues with phones in my classroom yet I have no posted or known cell phone policy. I see it as a barometer for my level of engagement. The more I keep them engaged the less they are on their phones. If I start seeing phones come out I know I need to ramp up the wow of the lesson.

3.) As a teacher you don’t talk to other teachers very much. Teaching can be a very solitary job if you let it. I got lucky and the teacher in the room next to me is a veteran in the education world and is very fun to be around. We chat often.

4.) Teaching seems like a repetitious job but it’s not. As it turns out teaching is a very dynamic voyage. Yes, I get up every day at 5:30 a.m. and I get back from school every day around 4:30 p.m.,  but I found the hours in between are highly unpredictable. You never know what the day is going to hold, except that it will be different than the day before. In addition to its unpredictability is the pace. The pace that a teacher must work to stay ahead of the tidal wave of responsibilities is incredible. Yes, I look at the clock a lot but it’s never because I’m hoping it’ll move faster; quite the opposite.

5.) There’s a large focus on the teacher from the school administration. I’ve never seen an industry where administration is worried so much about the worker. I’m constantly being asked how I’m doing. I am almost inundated with personal development events and opportunities to rejuvenate.

6.) Teachers get very possessive of their students. I’ve become so possessive of my students that if by chance I need a sub for one of my absences the sub has specific instructions not to instruct. My classroom is set up that if I’m not there student leaders will lead their group through the curriculum. This is how I make sure they do not fall behind when I’m not there. But seriously… Don’t instruct my students.

7.) As a teacher, teaching is not your first priority. I  went into this career with the mantra that “my goal is not to teach. It’s to connect and then to teach.” I thought this was a novel approach to education but it is most—if not all—educators’ mantra. Connecting with the student requires you to actually care about the student and where they’re at in life. You’re constantly asking yourself “What was the student’s morning like? What’s going on with their relationships? How are they feeling? Where is this person’s anxiety level? What are they going home to after school?.” I think as adults we can forget how stressful the high school years are. Anytime you enter a new arena you are presented with the unexpected. Your hope is that these issues are mostly positive. In my case the good, by far, outlays the negative. Lucky me!

(Chip Conrad lives in Salem and is a substitute teacher with the Salem-Keizer School District.)