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Old 04-08-2019, 06:39 AM
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This morning I read an article that said that 44% of American teachers were themselves children of teachers. Although I know several teachers whose parents were teachers, I didn't know the percentage was so high.
How many of you came from teacher families? In my case there were no teachers in my family.

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/brown...ntent=71503458


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Old 04-08-2019, 06:40 AM
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in my family...
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Old 04-08-2019, 06:42 AM
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My mom, aunt, and sister in law were teachers.
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Old 04-08-2019, 06:44 AM
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No teachers before me in my family. In fact, my generation was the first to have college graduates; I have some very well educated cousins.

I love how the article emphasizes the importance of diversity in teaching; I think it is important for children to see some teachers who “look like them.” I’m also guessing this statistic will change with the next generations.
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Old 04-08-2019, 06:55 AM
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Both my mother & father were teachers. My brother went into pharmacy & probably earns more than us combined.


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Old 04-08-2019, 07:01 AM
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My mom was a teacher. My grandmother was a teacher. My great uncle was a teacher. I have 4 cousins who are teachers.

My MIL is a teacher. My husband is an engineer...turned teacher.

I cannot escape these people.
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Old 04-08-2019, 07:11 AM
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My mother was a teacher. She taught in public schools before I was born then quit when she had me. Eleven years later, she started teaching 3rd grade in a Catholic school where she finished out her career.
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Old 04-08-2019, 07:13 AM
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My grandfather was a teacher. When he first started he taught in a one room school and had to chop firewood for the school before the students came. My aunt taught for 40 years and my cousin was also a teacher.
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Old 04-08-2019, 07:16 AM
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My dad was a principal and my mom a special ed. teacher. 3 of the 5 of us became educators...
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Old 04-08-2019, 07:17 AM
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My mom was a teacher.


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Old 04-08-2019, 07:18 AM
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No one in my family.
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Old 04-08-2019, 07:26 AM
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No other teachers before me.... my mother would have gone crazy. In fact, the first words she said to me when I told her I was pregnant with #1:
I don't babysit, I don't like children. Not sure where I came from!
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Old 04-08-2019, 07:31 AM
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No teachers in my family. Both of my parents worked in mental health -- my dad was a youth social worker and my mom was a social worker in a nursing home.

Both of my parents begged me to reconsider education. They actually made me go take a personality assessment which said I should go into social work -- after their experiences, they decided that being a teacher was better than social work and stopped trying to get me to change my mind!
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Old 04-08-2019, 07:43 AM
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My uncle was a high school teacher and coach and an aunt was a Kinder teacher, but that really didn't influence me. I took what was supposed to be a short term job working with pre-schoolers and I got hooked.
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Old 04-08-2019, 07:49 AM
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No teachers in my family before me, however I've started a trend and now my daughter is a teacher.
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Old 04-08-2019, 08:07 AM
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None of the relatives I knew growing up were teachers except for my grandfather's cousin (whom I think I met once) that lived in Europe her entire life was a teacher. My grandmother was a catechist for many years.

My dad was the first 4-year college educated person on either side of my family. I was the second.

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Old 04-08-2019, 08:29 AM
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No teachers in my fam but my Mom was an RN. Both helping professions so maybe that counts?
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Old 04-08-2019, 08:31 AM
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No one in my family were certified teachers, but my mom homeschooled me and my siblings k-12 while working part time at a library. We all went on to do different things, I'm the only teacher. My MIL is a teacher and FIL is a pastor so a sort of teacher. But I didn't meet them till after I became a teacher.
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Old 04-08-2019, 08:33 AM
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I'm the first. I come from a long line of stockbrokers.
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Old 04-08-2019, 08:36 AM
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My one aunt went to school to be a teacher, but was never hired because she was handicapped ( polio and used crutches or wheelchair). Wish she had had the opportunity to be a teacher. She would have been fabulous!!!!
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Old 04-08-2019, 09:15 AM
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I haven't heard the word handicapped in some time.

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Old 04-08-2019, 09:19 AM
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I was the first college graduate in my family. However, several cousins are now teachers.

DH's aunt and cousin are also teachers.
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Old 04-08-2019, 09:30 AM
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I come from a family of teachers. My parents, siblings, and siblings’ spouses were teachers. I also married a teacher!
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Old 04-08-2019, 09:37 AM
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There are no other teachers in my family. My wife has a teaching degree and taught briefly, but she went on to do other things. None of our kids expressed any interest, and that was fine with us.
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Old 04-08-2019, 09:43 AM
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My mom had me at just turned 16. Did not graduate. I was one of the few to graduate high school in my family and the first to attend college in my family and close extended family (aunts, uncles, first cousins.)

Even now, 30+ years later, I am one of only a handful to have graduated college.
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Old 04-08-2019, 10:01 AM
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My mom was a teacher. My dad ridiculed the profession. (anyone see the problems with that combo?)

My daughter occasionally talks about being a teacher. She's 15. We'll see what she decides. She talks about doing a lot of things!
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Old 04-08-2019, 10:05 AM
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My Mom was/is a great homemaker who raised 5 of us. I am the first teacher in the extended family. Two cousins followed me. My 2 daughters are both educators. Wish they had better salaries but I know they work hard and are helping others.
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Old 04-08-2019, 10:13 AM
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My mom is a teacher, as is one of her sisters.

My mom definitely tried to dissuade me from going into teaching. Some days I wish I had listened.
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Old 04-08-2019, 10:21 AM
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No one in my family was a teacher. My dad always wanted to be a history teacher though, but had to support his family when his dad died very young. My mom also wanted to be a teacher, but was discouraged in high school from attending college by a teacher who intimidated her. I guess I lived out their dreams for them.
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Old 04-08-2019, 10:28 AM
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My step-father and step-sister were teachers.
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Old 04-08-2019, 10:44 AM
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3/4 grandparents were teachers. Both my parents were teachers. Of the 5 kids in my family, 2 of us are (were? my sister is dead) teachers. The rest are all military and 1 firefighter. Every single person in my family is in "service" professions.
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Old 04-08-2019, 10:44 AM
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Both of my parents were teachers, primary and college age. As well as 3 aunts, an uncle and a 2 cousins on my mom's side.
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Old 04-08-2019, 10:56 AM
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The only other teacher in my family was my great aunt. She taught fourth (or maybe it was fifth) grade at a Catholic school.
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Old 04-08-2019, 11:04 AM
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My dad had an older cousin who taught on an Indian reservation. But I never met her until after I was a teacher. After I became a teacher another first cousin of mine became a teacher as well. But none of my parents, grand parents or great grandparents were teachers.
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Old 04-08-2019, 11:06 AM
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My maternal grandmother, my mom, her sister, and both of my sisters were or are teachers and even my dad taught before I was born. I tried to take a different path, but it just kept circling back to education.
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Old 04-08-2019, 11:34 AM
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Maternal grandmother
Three aunts
Two uncles
Several first cousins
All were teachers

I even had two aunts and an uncle AS teachers.
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Old 04-08-2019, 11:39 AM
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None in my immediate family, but my paternal uncle was a teacher, then high school principal, and finally superintendent of the district. When he retired in the early 1980s, he was the longest running superintendent in the state of New York.

Of my other 5 siblings, we have a doctor, lawyer, nurse, cabinet maker, secretary. Sounds like a nursery rhyme... 😊
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Old 04-08-2019, 12:06 PM
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I was the first to go to college among my extended family and my cousin and I are the only teachers!
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Old 04-08-2019, 12:19 PM
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There are no teachers in my family however my mother did try to teach most of the children in my family how to read before we went to kindergarten. My daughter is a special ed high school teacher now.
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Old 04-08-2019, 12:32 PM
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No teachers n my family. Funny I was at the Ortho Dr. on Friday and he was remarking that all of his family were either teachers or doctors
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Old 04-08-2019, 12:35 PM
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My mother taught Middle School her entire career though I don't know how in the world anyone can do that haha. My sister who is 18 months younger than me is a Title 1 teacher also.
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Old 04-08-2019, 12:43 PM
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One family member I don't really know in my extended family is one. That's it as far as I know.
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Old 04-08-2019, 01:39 PM
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No teachers before me. Like a few of the other posters, first in family (both sides) to go to college.
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Old 04-08-2019, 01:52 PM
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My grandfather
My parents
My brothers and me
My sons
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Old 04-08-2019, 02:23 PM
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I was the first in my immediate family to go to college. My cousin graduated a year before me. I’m the only teacher so far. However my MIL was an aide in the schools when I met my DH. He and his best friend were not big fans of school yet both their moms worked in schools and they both married teachers. Lol!
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Old 04-08-2019, 03:13 PM
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My mom and dad were teachers. I worked in their classrooms for years starting in first grade.
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Old 04-08-2019, 03:14 PM
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My mom was an adjunct professor (though not until I was in high school/college). My maternal grandfather was a high school civics/history teacher. And his father (maternal great grandfather) was a superintendent in Nebraska.
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Old 04-08-2019, 03:21 PM
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Both my parents were teacher. That is actually how they met. My dad left teaching before I was born though. My grandma was a high school secretary.
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Old 04-08-2019, 03:43 PM
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My mom, dad, grandpa, grandma and uncle were all teachers.
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Old 04-08-2019, 03:47 PM
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No teachers anywhere in my family tree. I am the only one; grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, not a teacher in the bunch (including the in-laws). In fact, neither one of my parents graduated from high school. I have a masters degree, my youngest sister has a AA degree working on Bachelors of Nursing, 2 siblings have high school diplomas, and one has a HS GED.
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Old 04-08-2019, 03:53 PM
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My dad was one, so was my great aunt, aunts, uncles, cousins... You get the picture! My son is also a teacher.
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Old 04-08-2019, 03:58 PM
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My dad was a teacher and my older sister is also a teacher. My younger sister is high school guidance counselor.
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Old 04-08-2019, 03:59 PM
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But my dad did teach for a year in a one roomed school house in Manitoba because they could not get a teacher and he needed a job. He hated it. He said some of his students were older than him. My dad is 89 now and kids were being pulled out at that time for farm work. He gave me his report cards from when he was an elementary school student and they are hilarious. Hand written on half-scap and-they actually compared students. Example, Billy was absent 45 days this year due to scarlet fever. Ranked 1/4.
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Old 04-08-2019, 04:10 PM
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My grandmother and great aunt (sisters) were both teachers. It skipped a generation and I'm the only one of my generation to be a teacher.
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Old 04-08-2019, 05:01 PM
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No teachers in my family. I was the first in my family to attend college.
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Old 04-08-2019, 06:17 PM
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My mom is a teacher and my sister also became a teacher. We jokingly refer to it as the “family bussiness”
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Old 04-08-2019, 07:05 PM
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I'm an only child and my parents are both teachers. My aunt (my mom's only sibling) is also a teacher.
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Old 04-08-2019, 07:32 PM
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Many teachers in my extended family but not my parents.
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Old 04-09-2019, 04:55 PM
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My father was a college professor in Europe, and my mother was a public school teacher for 24 years. She also taught in Catholic schools for eight years. So I guess I belong in the 44% group.
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Old 04-09-2019, 06:41 PM
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No teachers before my generation were teachers. My sister and I both became teachers and I have a few cousins who became teachers. So far none of our children are looking at going into education.
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