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What do you do when your mother is your teacher?

For Kidsday reporter Harrison Hanley, there's no getting

For Kidsday reporter Harrison Hanley, there's no getting away from his mom and teacher, Valerie Hanley; from left are classmates Anna Milton, Alex Hatgistavrou, James Conigliaro, Daniella Dratch and Landon Nydegger. Credit: Newsday / Pat Mullooly

For some kids, their worries about school are their grades and the amount of homework they have every night. For me, it is my teacher. It happens that my school has only one seventh-grade class, so that means I have my mom as my teacher. This means that I see her 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Many of my classmates ask me questions like: “Why don’t you call her ‘Mom’?” Or, “If you forget the homework, does she tell you the pages or even the answers?” All the other years she has helped me when I needed help with spelling a word, but this year she is not allowed to help me. If I ask her what a vocabulary word means, she says, “Ask your father.” “If he doesn’t know,” she says, “that is why someone made a dictionary.” I have her for religion, homeroom and English.

I noticed some kids in class treated me a little differently, but I think they got over it when they saw I wasn’t getting special attention.

In the end, I guess I do have a really good teacher. When I have questions, I write them down and ask her when I see her at school. At least when I’m older, I can ask her if I was a good student, and hopefully, the answer is yes.

Valerie Hanley’s seventh-grade class, Our Lady of the Hamptons Regional Catholic School, Southampton

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