Lane’s baby boom brings name ideas, excitement, questions

By Katarzyna Barnak

As Natalie Portman struts her stuff with a rounded belly at the Golden Globes, a few Lane teachers have a similar stride as they show-off their baby bumps.

Some of Lane’s Natalie Portmans are: Mrs. Langford, Mrs. Isaacson, Mrs. Robins and Mrs. DeBord who are all due in the spring.

Teachers tend not to share their personal lives with students, but in the case of their having a baby, it is somewhat hard to hide. Teachers take the privilege to announce the big news to their students. The reactions from students might be mixed but are generally supportive.

“They actually applauded and were very excited,” said English teacher, Mrs. DeBord, about her students response when she told them she was pregnant.

“I began to figure things out after a while. Either she was gaining a lot of weight, or she was pregnant,” said Alyssa Muriel, Div. 176, a student of DeBord.

“I have very supportive people around me…and the staff is very understanding,” said Special Education teacher, Mrs. Robins.

The announcements are a little bit of a shock to others.

“I never would have guessed! But in all, I’m happy for her,” said Karolina Stepek, Div. 255, one of Mrs. Langford’s students.

“They were shocked which was hurtful. Did they think I was too old to have a baby?” said Mrs. Langford, AP Psychology teacher.

Knowing that a teacher is pregnant can change the classroom environment and students’ treatment of their teachers.

“There is more of a family atmosphere. I think they behave better,” said Mrs. Isaacson, a French teacher.

Some students fear that the pregnancy will cause their teacher to act differently since they can be very strained and exhausted, especially during the last trimester.

“Considering that pregnant women can be very hormonal or crazy, I guess the only thing I’d be worried about is getting on her bad side,” said Stepek.

“I don’t think it’ll be too bad, but I will prepare for oral quizzes just in case they go more hardcore,” said Caitlin Walerowicz, Div. 272 a student of Langford’s.

While some may fear their teacher changing attitudes others agree that it is a big deal to witness the miracle of life and they are excited to be there for their teachers along the way.

“It’s fun to sort of share that experience with them,” said Muriel who has both DeBord and Langford as her teachers.

Others even give their teachers diet advice.

“They try to sell me candy more, ‘You might not want it but the baby might want it’ [they say],” said Isaacson.

“On finals, we asked [Mrs. Langford] how she was going to make it all the way to 1:30 to have lunch since the schedules switched. But she had a couple of oranges with her luckily,” said Muriel.

Another important aspect that the students want to be a part of is choosing names. But as difficult as it is to choose a baby name, it is even more challenging to choose a name that is original. But students are more than glad to help.

“They really want to pick out the names and be involved with the big decisions,” said Isaacson.

Lane might be gold mine of names due to the variety of cultures and number of students. It can also be a challenge to think of a name that no one else in the school has.

“My name is Jennifer so when I went to school there was like 80 Jennifers. Keeping that in mind, I don’t want my son to have such a common name. But I wouldn’t name him something crazy that he would be made fun of for like ‘Moongazer’ or ‘Sparrow’ as some of the rock artists name their kids,” said, Mrs. Robins who is due March 14.

Mrs. Robin’s first born son goes to preschool where there are three boys with the same name. The teachers call them: Nathan, Nate, and Nate E (Natie) which gets some of the mothers upset. Luckily, her son’s name is Benji. She chose that name because in the future, when he gets older she can call him Benjamin.

“Naming a child is really hard, it defines who you are,” said Robins.

Teachers say that their job requires them to deal with so many different names and people, it makes choosing the baby’s name even harder.

“There are names that you might have considered but then a student comes into your classroom and ruins that name forever,” said Langford.

For Langford, who is expecting a baby girl, some of those “ruined” names are: Miriam, Emily, Diana, Catherine, Rumana and Baily.

“I have actually taken names off my baby list [too] because of students,” said Isaacson.

It is not necessarily because teachers do not like theses students, but that those students stand out more and it will be hard not to associate that name with the student rather than the baby.

“I currently have two Henrys in my classes and it’s hard not to address them without thinking about my son. Neither of them are super annoying, thank goodness or I would have to change Henry’s name,” joked Langford.

While finding a name that is original and no other student has, Mrs. DeBord has a girl’s name prepared that, she says, none of her current students have. She and her husband decided to have the gender of the baby remain a mystery until the delivery date. That is why she is still thinking about a boy’s name.

“The kids find it very funny that we didn’t want to find out the sex of the baby,” she said.

Some educators are very passionate about the subjects that they teach and can see their children doing well in that subject in the future.

“My husband is a social studies teacher so the poor kid will have to love both English and History,” said DeBord.

Being a teacher not only prepares the educators to lead a classroom but it also helps them gain experience to deal with their kids as they get older.

“Now that I have one child, and am about to have another one, teaching teenagers is different than before I had children. I can deal with 150 a day, but will I be able to deal with teens in my own house? Will I be able to use the same tactics as in my classroom?” said Langford.

“I think being a teacher is a perfect job when you want to be a mother and work at the same time,” said Isaacson.

One thing is for sure, these expecting ladies will miss Lane when they go away for their maternity leave.

“I’m very excited for the arrival of my son, but it’s bittersweet because I’m sad to leave my students and my classroom and I hope to come back soon,” said Robins.

While Natalie Portman might call her child “Moongazer” and take a year off from work, Lane expectant mothers will be back soon to their beloved pupils.