by Olivia Loggia
While we were all at home sleeping, watching Netflix, eating— and oh yeah— sleeping this past Thursday and Friday, Westfield teachers spent their time at a convention in Atlantic City, NJ. Students are told that teachers go to discuss education. But what really goes down?
Known for its casinos, boardwalk and beaches, AC is a Jersey Shore hot spot. After having been to AC several times myself, I know there are a couple of things one must do upon visiting, and I can’t imagine teachers are exempt. I mean, they are human. Kind of.
First off, there’s the obvious pastime: gambling. Considering that 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump owns many AC casinos, this seems like the perfect educational environment for teachers to make a pit stop!
Then there’s the obligatory stop for a beach volleyball competition. While Westfield has its own North Side–South Side rivalry, who says that doesn’t extend throughout the entire state? North Jersey teachers probably battled it out against the South Jersey teachers. Thank goodness we have Ms. Torok on our side.
Lastly, a trip to AC wouldn’t be complete without acting out the Miss America pageant— after all, AC is the home to the national pageant. Harnessing their inner pageant stars, teachers would have had to compete for title of “Mr./Ms. Teacher of AC.” The talent competition is where the teachers could really shine— from Ms. Kolesar’s “Staying Alive” CPR dance to Mr. Farabaugh’s monologue about everything he hates, it would be difficult to pick a winner. Finalists would then deliver a speech explaining why they were #blessed to be crowned.
As mere students, we can’t determine exactly what happens at the NJEA convention each year. But if you notice your teachers seeming a bit wonky this past week, cut them some slack. After all, what happens in AC stays in AC.