We know by now that teachers don’t go into this profession to make a truck load of money. In fact, teaching can be one of the most thankless jobs you can possibly have — and it’s not just K-12. A recent survey conducted at the College of Staten Island revealed that some adjuncts had no health insurance and were criminally underpaid. “The work is there,” Adjunct Ruth Wangerin told Salon, “They just don’t want to pay.”
In K-12, teachers have to deal with difficult situations every day. A crappy paycheck on top of student discipline and a stack of papers to grade can add up to a pretty stressful existence. These teachers took to Whisper to vent a little about the nightmares they face day in, day out. Some of these are downright hilarious, while others (like #9) are terrifying and might have you second-guessing a career in education.
15. Bathroom Stall Compliments
Sometimes teachers just need that extra boost of confidence, even if it’s by their own doing. One teacher hilariously shared that he wrote himself a compliment on the wall of the girl’s bathroom. The user wrote, “I’m a high school teacher, and I worked late to catch up last night. No one was around, so I went into the girl’s bathroom and wrote, ‘Mr. Smith is hot’ on a stall wall.”
14. Lewd Things
Everyone knows that teachers need to curb their language in front of their students, no matter what grade they teach. But it’s not surprising to learn that every now and then a teacher has to let loose. One teacher wrote, “I write lewd things on the cars at school. I’m a teacher.”
13. An Apple A Day
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, for this one teacher, getting the gift of an apple unleashed the weed fiend. One teacher confessed on the Whisper app, “One of my students gave me an apple. I smoked weed out of it that night.” That’s one way to blow off steam.
12. Meet The Swingers
While students and teachers can have close mentor/mentee relationships, even those students probably don’t know much about the personal lives of their educators. One teacher revealed via the Whisper app that she lives somewhat of a double life. “My secret: None of my students realize my husband and I are fully bisexual swingers and we are nudists as well. Teachers have lives after the last bell rings you know.”
11. Ego Boost
As a teacher, one of the parts that’s left out of the job description is to give encouragement. One teacher wrote that sometimes the ego boost she gives to her students isn’t always genuine. “When I tell a student “I know you can [do] better than that” I don’t always meant it. I just want the kid to believe in him/herself..And to quit acting up.”
10. Secretly Hating Job
Sometimes teachers are saddled with the realization that they really don’t like their jobs. One special needs teacher admitted that things aren’t as great as people in other lines of work would think. “I work in a special needs classroom. Everyone tells me how good I am at my job, but no one knows I secretly hate it.”
9. Living A Double Life
This confession is truly the most shocking one out of the bunch. Not only is the teacher keeping their job, but they’re also simultaneously hiding their addiction problems. The teacher wrote, “I am an elementary school teacher and a drug addict.” We’re guessing this school doesn’t do routine drug tests.
8. The Farter
One of the most difficult parts about being a teacher is that you can’t leave for bathroom breaks as often as students can. One teacher has found a temporary solution for this problem: “I’m a kindergarten teacher. When I fart in class I blame it on my students.”
7. The Professional Sleeper
If we’ve established anything, it’s that teachers are humans too, and sometimes the hours seem just as long for the teacher as they do for the students. One teacher revealed that they once fell asleep in class. “[I] fell asleep in class today. I’m the teacher.” Hopefully they fell asleep during a movie day.
6. The Matchmaker
One teacher on Whisper revealed that their super secret side job is playing matchmaker with her students for her own amusement. The teacher wrote, “I’m a high school teacher. I sometimes pair my students into groups with people I know they have crushes on. It’s hilarious to watch.”
5. A Movie Day
When you were a student, there wasn’t a greater joy than when the teacher suggested a movie day. Not only did you have no work to do, but you got to relax. Well, now we know the reason behind all of those movie days. According to one teacher, they just needed a break after a rough night. “I’m a teacher and when I’m hungover we have a movie day.”
4. Flipping The Bird
One teacher has a way to blow off the steam from their day while the students are STILL in the classroom! The teacher confessed on Whisper: “I flip off my students when their backs are turned. I teach third grade.” Here’s hoping they don’t get caught by looky-loos wandering the hallways.
3. Street Art
This confession isn’t shocking or terrible — it’s actually pretty awesome. One teacher revealed that when they aren’t teaching, they’re painting the town — literally. The teacher confessed, “None of my students know that at night the entire art faculty, including myself, make street art around the city.” How cool!
2. Whispering Teacher
Some teachers just can’t help but air out their frustrations while their students are in the room with them, but this reveal takes the cake. As this teacher revealed: “I whisper swears and insults when I get frustrated at work. I’m a preschool teacher.” We bet the parents of said preschoolers wouldn’t appreciate that!
1. Hot For Student
This is definitely a secret that shouldn’t get out. One teacher confessed that although it’s looked down upon, they think about their female students in a naughty way. The teacher revealed, “I have school girl fantasies 24/7. I’m a high school teacher.” Needless to say, we hope this teacher doesn’t act on those fantasies!
Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about a teacher’s life, these confessions give us a brand new insight. While some of these stories are hilarious, others are quite worrisome and incredibly shocking. It sure puts a lot into perspective, when you think back to that teacher you couldn’t stand. Perhaps they were just having a rough day? The most important thing to take away from these secrets is, like anyone else in the world, teachers are just people, struggling to get through the work week. Maybe next time we see our teachers outside of a classroom setting, we’ll go the extra mile to be nice.