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Callie On The Job: Frankfort Intermediate School

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WEST FRANKFORT -- Teachers are some of the most influential people in a child's life. Callie finds out that teachers teach much more than just the core subjects in this week's Callie on the Job.

Without this profession society wouldn't have doctors, lawyers, or just about any career you can think of. I'm talking about teachers.

Kari Karnes, or Mrs. Karnes as she is referred to, has been teaching for 17 years. 

Mrs. Karnes teaches 3rd grade in West Frankfort. She says her favorite part about teaching are her students. 

"Each one of them becomes like your own child. You spend as much time with them as their own parents do so you grow to love them so much, by the end of the year it's almost hard to let them go," Karnes said.

Every day she has the responsibility of teaching her students, watching out for their psychological well-being, playing nurse, all while keeping them safe. Mrs. Karnes has seen the job change a lot over the years. And over time the list of a teacher's responsibilities has grown. 

"Something as simple as grading is not just grading papers and recording them in my grade book anymore, now we have to grade the papers, record them in my grade book, post them online, then keep evidence of that for my teacher evaluation tool for my portfolio," Karnes said.

Mrs. Karnes says that with younger students it's crucial to constantly keep them busy, and they do better when they aren't stuck at their desk. But it's not just the academics that a teacher is responsible for teaching. Important manners and life skills are taught in the classroom as well. 

"Social skills, taking turns in conversation, how to have a conversation with an adult, when to speak and when not to. The students learn pretty quickly what is a good question and what is a bad question and what is just a story you're telling that no one else really cares about," she said.

And if you're thinking a teacher's job is done when the kids get on the bus at the end of the day, you're wrong.

"I don't let the job go at the end of the day. Never. I usually have two hours of grading every night and depending on what's going on with some of my students you take that home with you many many times," Karnes said. 

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