The life of a “floating” teacher


Photo By: Kiela Ramos

With over 3,700 students and 200 teachers, classroom space is very limited, which is why there are teachers who “float.”

These teachers don’t have their own classroom and must go from room to room every period. What determines if a teacher will be a floater is based off of what they teach.

Ms. Samantha Matthis, communications teacher and student council sponsor, began this school year as a floater for the first time.

“I have this big bag that I literally carry everything in,” Matthis said. “I’ve always seen myself as an organized person. But this year, I’ve found that I need to be more organized since I don’t have drawers to keep things in.”

Not having a place to store supplies makes it harder for teachers to effectively do their job. More so, not having their own room also means they must keep in mind how the home teacher has their room and seats set up, not messing up their space or messing with other teacher’s belongings.

“Certain teachers may have certain ways they want things to be and look,” cheer coach Mr.James Devno said. “It really makes it very difficult for floating teachers. You have to be more respectful and mindful of all the things the teacher might have.”

IMG_1725Devno has been a floating teacher for two years and believes that there are some positive things about being a floater.

“It does keep you on your toes a little bit in regards to making sure you are prepared for your classes,” Devno said. “It keeps you more organized than an ordinary teacher – you have to have everything prepared before anything can happen.”

With the opening of the new high school next year, roughly 500 students will be leaving the campus. Hopefully, this will allow more space for teachers to have a space of their own.