Humourless, unaffable colleague Eugene Smith has noticed some problematic things about not only your behaviour but also your lessons and is definitely going to call you out on something soon.
The fact that you taught the concept of ‘family’ to a group of six-year-olds by drawing a man, a woman and two children on the board did not evade her attention. Neither did your teaching an adult class that people from South America can be referred to as ‘latinos’.
“When I was teaching in Kenya and Yemen, most of the other teachers were women of color,” Smith explains through a mouthful of kale which she has brought from home. “Opportunities to call people out on things were few and far between. I was actually surprised that the people I worked with there didn’t take more opportunities to make me feel awkward to no apparent purpose.”
She goes on to explain that the shoe is on the other foot now and that you’d be watching your step if you knew what was good for you.
“I’ve got twitter followers,” she boasts, putting her tupperware container back into her ethnic-looking satchel. “Recently I’ve mostly been re-tweeting other people’s complaints, you know? Amplifying their voices.”
Smith is relishing the opportunity to step back into the limelight by using your behaviour to start the debate about something but hasn’t decided what yet.
At time of press Smith is narrowing her eyes and making a mental note as you stir your coffee with a plastic spoon and then throw it into the waste-paper bin.