Tuesday, July 17, 2007

NY Times Wedding Announcement of the Week

This week instead of highlighting one couple, I thought I would highlight what I saw as the trend of the week: elementary school teachers getting hitched.

Cara Gearty and Scott Douglass
Alexandra Flood and Samuel Alcoff
Benita Gold and Rudy Schaeffer
Danielle Morris and Daniel Stern
Laura Worth and Phillip Ingle
Alison Cupp and Richard Relyea

Now that school is out it seems as if teachers are getting married in droves. For the first time since I can remember, teachers outnumbered bankers and analysts in this week's announcements. Bankers will likely return to their rightful place atop the wedding announcement pile, but for this week alone teachers rule.

I also noticed that a couple of the newly married teachers will not be going back to their jobs. It does not appear to be a case of "Woo-hoo, I'm married and I don't have to work anymore!" but rather they are taking the opportunity to earn a masters degree and move on up the educational ladder, but I do wonder whether the old-timey notion of teaching as a temporary career prior to getting married still prevails. Are single girls (as the notion goes) biding their time at the little red schoolhouse until Mr. Right comes along?

In any event, elementary school teachers are the Newlyweds of the Week!


Anonymous said...

I have enjoyed reading your "NY Times Wedding Announcement of the Week" for the last few months since you were mentioned (I think) on Franklin Ave.

As an elementary school teacher, who got married 5 years go this August, I can certainly relate to their desire to get married in the summer. I only noticed one teacher not going back to teaching in the fall, although several seemed to be changing jobs. Moving, I suppose. I was impressed how many of them had masters degrees. I got mine before I started teaching (8 years ago).

Unknown said...

Congratulations on the upcoming anniversary and thanks for the comment. I, too, was impressed by the credentials of the teachers featured, that's why I doubted that they're teaching careers are coming to an end due to marriage even though they all seem to be marrying well.

I actually taught for a year and it was the toughest year of my life, so I commend you on sticking to it. It takes guts and great talent to be a teacher nowadays.