Etiquette: Seeing Teachers in Public

You and your child go to the grocery store.  As you come down the aisle, your child realizes that their teacher is there as well… with a shopping cart… outside of their classroom… in YOUR grocery store.  What should you do?

You could:

  1. Start walking the other way.
  2. Walk on past like you don’t even see them.
  3. Follow them around the store like a stalker.
  4. Start screaming their name over and over again.
  5. Hide while you check out what is in their grocery cart to post later on Facebook.
  6. Get the teacher’s attention. Then, proceed having an impromptu parent/teacher conference right there in the store.
  7. Say “Hello!” Exchange pleasantries, and be on your way.

The CORRECT answer is #7.  Say hello, because teachers are people, too. Although I have experienced all of these, I enjoy saying hi (and I saw you coming down the aisle, too, so hiding won’t work).  Please, don’t start a running commentary about how many Go, Slow, and Whoa foods are in my cart. I like Whoa foods, too! And, even though we aren’t friends on Facebook, don’t post about me.  I have friends that are your friends, and they tell me. That is not very nice.  Just treat me like any other acquaintance or neighbor (that you like) when you see me in the grocery store.

Then, on Monday, your child and I will begin the ritual of telling each other, “I saw you at the grocery store.”

“Guess what?!  I saw you, too!”

We will continue to have this conversation for at least two weeks – maybe longer if it suits us.  It will be a happy moment we will share – possibly even be a status of achievement. “I saw Coach Newberry on Saturday!”

With all of that said, I’m sure the next time I go out in public having a bad hair day, I will see many of your smiling faces… and, I’ll smile right back! =)

Have a great rest of your summer and see you out there!

-Coach Newberry


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