Today was the dreaded parent-teacher conference at kindergarten. More dreaded because landisdad told me yesterday that he couldn’t come, due to his boss’s son being hospitalized yesterday.

I am not a fan of the Bee’s kindergarten teacher. On so many levels. After back-to-school night, as we were walking home, I told my dh that he was going to have to actively prevent me from strangling her at some point in the year. Some of the things she has done that pissed me off are: ask me a direct question and then turn away to talk to someone else before I could answer it; interrupt me repeatedly in the same conversation; laughingly describe her own inability to communicate with the five students in the class who speak Spanish as a first language; inappropriately tell me things about other parents; inappropriately tell other parents things about my daughter; make obnoxious references to the fact that I work for a living and don’t stay home with my kids; argue with us about whether or not the Bee should be in kindergarten this year. I only got through our last parent-teacher conference by fortifying myself with gin.*

So it was with some trepidation that I set off for school this afternoon. And yet, I was pleasantly surprised.

She raved about the improvements in the Bee’s behavior (which we have been working hard on).

She told me that she thinks the Bee is one of the smartest kindergarteners she has ever taught (a balm to any parent’s ear).

She (finally) agreed that we were right to put the Bee in kindergarten this year, despite the fact that she is the youngest kid in her class (she has the last birthday possible to be in kindergarten this year).


On the way home, I ran into one of my neighbors, who I have been venting about this teacher to (her son is a year younger than the Bee, and is entering kindergarten next year). For once, I didn’t have a horror story for her. She seemed as relieved as I was.



April 13, 2005. growing up.


  1. Chip replied:

    Glad to hear you had a happy outcome. Parent-teacher meetings can be quite tense/stressful if you have issues with the teacher. And it’s really hard to deal with a teacher who you don’t respect, who treats kids in inappropriate ways, etc., because you don’t want the teacher mad at your kid because of what you do/say.
    The important thing though is whether your kid is happy and thriving. That can make up for a lot.

  2. landismom replied:

    It’s so true. I was talking to a friend the other day about how frustrating this can be, because while I am not a fan of the teacher, a) I still want the Bee to respect her and behave in her class and b) I don’t want my dislike of the teacher to lead to further alienation between her and the Bee.

  3. finally, some good news! « Bumblebee Sweet Potato replied:

    […] If you’re a relatively new reader of my blog, you’ll have missed these posts, which dealt with our frustrations with the Bee’s kindergarten teacher last spring. I found out today that Mrs. X is retiring. […]

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