Teach­ing a chal­leng­ing job: Bishop

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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.

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