Teaching a challenging job: Bishop
also discusses the challenges of teaching and the current labour dispute between the teachers union and the provincial government.
“Growing up in Hantsport gave me many opportunities to work, both as a young boy and a teenager. I had a paper route. I was fortunate enough to work at the mill as a youngster and going to college, and when I was about 14 years old, I worked on the pulp boats when they came in – I was the water boy, carrying the water to the workers. I worked my way up. Eventually I decided that university was in my future and became a teacher,” said Bishop.
He was first hired as a teacher in the 1970s.
“The first offer I went to was at Hants West Rural High School and was there for four or five years and then went to Windsor Elementary, then back to the high school for a year and then became a principal in the system. I eventually ended up in Hantsport, back in my home community, and then retired at New Minas Elementary, where I started the French immersion program, which I’m quite proud of. I was a principal for at least 20 years,” he said.
Bishop said he’s glad he’s not in the education system today.
“The teacher today has a challenging job and I just think the government is not in tune with what’s going on in the classrooms. I know, though, that there’s a dollar problem as well.”
For more of Brian Bishop’s story, head to www.hantsjournal.ca to read our Hants’ Faces Friday profile.