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The Big Name Change

Jo is a Canadian teacher from Ontario who is working as a Supply Teacher through Protocol Education in schools in Bristol

“Miss, what did you do on your summer break?”

Well… I got married.

That’s right ‘Miss’ is now ‘Mrs’  and that opens a whole new debate: the great name change debate. 

As a Protocol Education supply teacher I go to a lot of different schools, but at the same time I go to the same handful of schools a lot. As in I’ve taught every class from nursery to year 6 at a school that has 3 classes per year group. That means that pretty much every child in the 400+ student school knows my name… well my maiden name at least.

I decided pretty quickly that I’d be changing my name in both my personal and professional life. There are some things to think about before you make a decision like that when you’re a supply teacher though… like how will students react to a whole new name.

In secondary school my English teacher got married over summer break and came back with a new name – and if you forgot she was married you were in a world of trouble. Based on that experience alone, I know exactly how I’m going to handle the name change. I’m going to write my new name on the board, and I’m not going to make a big deal about it. Some will use the new name, some with stick with the old name.

Really, as long as they’re learning and calling by one of those names and not something worse, I’m happy.

So what are your stories? Any name changers out there have advice to pass on to a name-change newbie?

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Tags: Jo, Supply Teacher, Teach in Bristol, Summer, Names, Primary Teacher, Protocol Education

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