This Texas Teacher Kept Working Even While In Labor
We all know that teachers aren't paid nearly enough for the good, hard work that they do educating kids, but one teacher just reinforced the point. Jennifer Pope of Burleson, Texas, was photographed inside her hospital room in labor—and still working.
Pope, a 2nd grade teacher at Christian Life Preparatory School in Fort Worth, really wanted to complete the paperwork for the substitute teacher that would take over her class while she was on maternity leave. However, she went into labor two weeks early and wasn't quite done with the lesson plans, according to ABC News. That's how Pope ended up in the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital frantically writing out instructions in between contractions for her husband to deliver to the substitute teacher who was patiently waiting for the hand off in the hospital parking lot.
As most moms can guess, this wasn't Pope's first time in the labor and delivery room. She has three other children and knew that the moment her new addition, daughter Ciara, joined the crowd, she wouldn't have time to worry about her kids at school. "So it would be an easy transition for my students, I was making sure I gave adequate directions of what [lessons] and when I wanted them to be taught," she told ABC News. "I wanted it to be a typical and normal school day for them while I'm gone."
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The dedicated teacher was caught in the act by Pope's friend photographer Andrea McDonald, owner of Rooted in Love Photography, who snapped a photo of Pope's determination. She shared the picture on Facebook in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, and they quickly went viral as people praised the dedicated educator.
Pope, though, is pretty humble about it all. "I'm no different than any teacher that I know," she told ABC News. "They would've done the same thing."