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Yet, I could not deny the cacophony. On the last day of the trimester, the day I needed to listen to persuasive speeches for 75 minutes straight without interruption, we were having a FIRE DRILL!
Students moaned in harmony with my groaning "NOOOOOOOO!" Nicolette's eyes looked like frisbees. I could see the "What now?" question she did not speak.
"Finish presenting your speech to me on the way out," I commanded to Nicolette. "Everybody out front next to Mariani." I pointed in the general direction as students exited the classroom." Nicolette and I left last.
Leaning toward her, I listened as Nicolette spoke about a school that would resemble a utopia if students did more to prioritize learning. As she finished her call to action, we exited the building and headed toward the front parking area so we could line up next to my colleague Gino Mariani.
I held the clipboard with my name plate high above my head and looked around for the other 28 students in the class, noting that we had one absent student, Coach Mariani's son. Nicolette got in line--a line of one.
"Where's my class?" I questioned, looking around, up and down the line of teachers and students. "Hey, Dian," I shouted to my principal. "I can't find my class."
"Where's your kid," BTW I asked.
"He's not in your class?" Gino's smile turned to a line as he began texting to locate his son.
After a few minutes, I admitted the obvious: I HAD LOST MY CLASS, or MY CLASS HAD LOST ME.
The ALL CLEAR whistle blew as a throng of students approached with outstretched arms, "Where were you?" They buzzed about who led whom out the wrong door. We meandered back into the building as student after student explained that they had followed Christian or Jamal or Amia or Chase or...none of whom knew where they were supposed to go!
As the last student entered the room, our athletic director approached me. Laughing, he said, "I see what you're up against with that class." Then he walked away.
*The incident chronicled above actually happened Thursday, February 24, 2016