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The Rookie and the Veteran: What the First Day of School Is Like for Teachers

Even after 35 years of teaching, the first day of school exhausts Mike Wise.

“In high school it’s not cool (for kids) to get too excited. As a teacher you have to really be enthusiastic, and it takes energy,” says the Hempfield art educator.

“Once the class starts, it takes care of itself, but you want to give them a good first impression. You don’t want them to say, ‘Bleh, that old guy.’ ”