Funny coincidence

@GardenGerty (99354)
United States
March 2, 2017 6:31am CST
We had a brand new sub (substitute para professional) yesterday, who had never worked in our building. I was dreading it. Our kids have a lot of behavior issues and not everyone can successfully work with them. My supervisor was with one student, and mine was independent at that time, so I got to show her a locker. She said "you look familiar" and I looked at her really well. It was someone I knew years ago. She has a different name,and it had not registered with me. She was an excellent helper for our room. She usually does teaching, not para work as she has a provisional certificate.She has a bachelors in a non teaching field. It was fun catching up as my daughter was close to two of her daughters s in age. That is the kind of surprise I like.
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@MALUSE (40212)
• Germany
2 Mar 17
What is a sub and what does he/she have to do?
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@GardenGerty (99354)
• United States
2 Mar 17
Substitute. You know, I should be more clear because this would be a strange term to many. In this case she was working because another paraprofessional has been out sick all week and so she had to do the interacting and management of students. Sometimes she substitutes for teachers and manages entire classrooms. I think I may edit this discussion to make it clear for my global readers. Thanks.
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@MALUSE (40212)
• Germany
2 Mar 17
@GardenGerty Yes, that would be nice. Other non-US-readers will be grateful.
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• Pamplona, Spain
2 Mar 17
Really nice for you to meet up with her again. Fancy that. I would love that to happen to me.
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@GardenGerty (99354)
• United States
3 Mar 17
It was nice. She is trying to move a little closer this direction as her husband works in Marion. They live about twenty miles west of there.
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• Pamplona, Spain
3 Mar 17
@GardenGerty If she did move closer you would be able to see her more often perhaps and keep the friendship going.
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@Jessicalynnt (47872)
• Centralia, Missouri
2 Mar 17
some of us are good, (I get asked back a lot), but I hear horror stories about some of the others
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@GardenGerty (99354)
• United States
3 Mar 17
We have not really had any horrible ones. Some "get it" quicker than others though. I do not think I would be a good sub.
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• Centralia, Missouri
3 Mar 17
@GardenGerty I think you would, BUT you wouldn't be as happy with it, it's hard to pop in and out and not be able to really get to where you are any kind of effective because of that
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@HazySue (21336)
• United States
2 Mar 17
Noow that's a surprise I can live with. How wonderful that she was a help for you guys. It's always nice to meet up with someone you knew back when.
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@GardenGerty (99354)
• United States
3 Mar 17
Yes, and we both have gotten older, but wiser.
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@HazySue (21336)
• United States
4 Mar 17
@GardenGerty How nice you got the chance to catch up and become reacquainted.
@paigea (22199)
• Canada
2 Mar 17
That was a nice surprise. I was subbing in a school where there were several subs yesterday. There were lots of behaviour issues!
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@paigea (22199)
• Canada
3 Mar 17
@GardenGerty I always feel for the EA when I sub in a difficult class. I don't really know what their specific duties are quite often. They end up keeping things on track for several students who might go off the rails when their routine is disturbed. I think the EA has an extra hard day when there is a sub. I would love to just go to a couple of schools and really get to know the routines, but wouldn't get enough work that way.
@Nawsheen (23076)
• Mauritius
2 Mar 17
Even I met someone today who I couldn't recognise. It was one of my mum's cousin's daughter and she has grown so big. It was nice meeting her though
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@GardenGerty (99354)
• United States
3 Mar 17
What a nice time for you.
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@Nawsheen (23076)
• Mauritius
3 Mar 17
@GardenGerty Yeah it was
@reskyyandi (3690)
• Indonesia
5 Mar 17
Glad to hear you like that
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@GardenGerty (99354)
• United States
6 Mar 17
It was a good thing.
@Lucky15 (33384)
• Philippines
3 Mar 17
The reason why i always tell.myself to be kind to anyone, especially to strangers. We got a.small.world ,)
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@GardenGerty (99354)
• United States
4 Mar 17
Yes, that is a good reason. and wonderful philosophy.
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@KrauseHome (35034)
• United States
3 Mar 17
This does sound interesting, and make the job a little more exciting. Is this someone you are going to be working with a lot?
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@GardenGerty (99354)
• United States
3 Mar 17
She is qualified to substitute for teaching positions and does in several schools. I hope we see her on a regular basis because she is good at it.
@Tampa_girl7 (25693)
• United States
2 Mar 17
Surprises are always nice
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@GardenGerty (99354)
• United States
3 Mar 17
Yes, this was a great surprise.
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@Hate2Iron (7858)
• Canada
2 Mar 17
I love when quirky things happen that you weren't expecting!! I did a lot of the same when my kids were in public school. Some of the stories I would come home with were so funny... how this one little guy brought a camera out to the play yard... and was taking what I thought were "pretend" pictures of me. It's funny how you don't care how stupid you might look when you are sure there is no film in the camera... ;)
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@GardenGerty (99354)
• United States
3 Mar 17
Oh no!!! That was funny.
@marsha32 (6693)
• United States
2 Mar 17
Did you get any work done along with your catching up? LOL I remember the Alden quilt shop and how I wondered if we were really going to make it to the McPherson shop hehe
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@GardenGerty (99354)
• United States
3 Mar 17
Yes, the work got done. It involved making sure that a student did not run away, or hurt himself or others.
@Corbin5 (106445)
• United States
2 Mar 17
That was a lovely surprise!! When I substitute taught, I ran into a few friends too. Such fun.
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@GardenGerty (99354)
• United States
3 Mar 17
I can imagine you had a lot of friends.
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
2 Mar 17
What a cool surprise.
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@GardenGerty (99354)
• United States
3 Mar 17
Definitely. We have needed a lot of substitutes throughout the school lately, both from illness and things like the State wrestling championship, where staff has relatives involved.
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@LadyDuck (157635)
• Switzerland
2 Mar 17
It's funny how those things happen, I am sure you were pleased to exchange memories.
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@GardenGerty (99354)
• United States
3 Mar 17
It made my day so much better.
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@JudyEv (123285)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Mar 17
How nice was that and a bonus that she was good at the work. A lovely surprise indeed.
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@GardenGerty (99354)
• United States
3 Mar 17
Yes, it was. She has always been very competent and that is good.
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@andriaperry (50889)
• United States
2 Mar 17
People come into our lives for a reason. I have had a lot of people I dealt with in the past to come back into my life 40 years later!
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@GardenGerty (99354)
• United States
2 Mar 17
It was great to see her, both personally and professionally. I felt very relaxed when I saw it was her because she is capable and confident and could do the job.
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@just4him (117099)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 Mar 17
Those are the best surprises. I'm glad everything worked well yesterday.
@GardenGerty (99354)
• United States
3 Mar 17
Oh, me too. Even better, our other person is back. Not 100% yet, but back none the less.