“All faculty please report to the faculty room for an emergency meeting. An association meeting.”
The secretary’s voice jolted me out of my morning routine. Like myself, most of my team mates were copying or setting up for the day. The sighs and groans echoed down the hallway as we heard the announcement. This was not an auspicious way to start out a week full of parent-teacher conferences. 8am emergency meetings usually don’t leave us feeling happy and content. In fact, they usually rile us up and put a significant damper on the day.
As we began trudging down the hallway, carrying binders, do-nows, and other miscellaneous papers to run off, we tried to come up with a reason for this emergency meeting. Working without a contract, we frequently have these types right-before-the morning bell meetings or right-after-dismissal meetings. They usually involve updates on action committee meetings or other union news. Neither of these leave us feeling satisfied.
Approaching the faculty room door, I could hear laughter inside. Beside me, two of my team mates were discussing March Madness. As we walked into the room I was greeted by a sea of green, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. My colleagues were crowded in the room, seated at a few of our lunch tables. Everyone was smiling and sharing stories from their weekend. And the best part? A surprise St. Patrick’s Day breakfast, complete with green bagels! This was no typical emergency meeting!
Not the typical association meeting at all.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!