A Gwinnett County teacher was named Miss Georgia Saturday, but Kristina Higgins turned down the honor the next day, saying she was worried about balancing her duties.
“Due to my current job responsibilities as a middle school teacher and the responsibilities and time commitment as Miss Georgia, I have decided to not fulfill the duties of Miss Georgia 2009,” Higgins said in a statement released by the Miss Georgia Scholarship Pageant.
The runner-up, Emily Cook from Cobb County, received the title and will represent the state at the Miss American competition in January.
I can only imagine how hard it would be to represent the state and still work as a full-time teacher.
But this story got me thinking of what things teachers can’t do. Either because they don’t have the time or they’re worried about how outside activities would reflect on their work. For example, I know teachers who would like to bartend to make extra money but worry about what would happen if parents saw them.
What double standards are teachers held to that other professionals are not? What jobs or activities do most teachers avoid?