My name is Marisa. I am a fiction writer, a blogger, and a freelance journalist.
Published May 24th 2018
A hilarious book that perfectly captures life as a teacher
One of the things I love most about social media is how it has given a platform to a lot of artists, in particular comic book artists, to showcase their stuff. I discovered the comic strip A Teacher's Life on Facebook and within a moment, I was hooked.
It is one of the most adorable and delightful little comics I have ever read. It is written and illustrated by Primary School teacher Colm Cuffe. In this semi-autobiographical comic, the reader gets to see how hard Cuffe works as a teacher and how much affection he has for the children that he teaches.
Cuffe has an excellent sense of humour and has managed to accurately portray the mindset of children and how their little brains work. Several of Cuffe's comics are based off real conversations that he has overheard his students having in the classroom. On one page, Teacher tells the students that it is time for them to take down their homework. A student wails "Noooo!" and then mumbles "I wish school was made of candy and we didn't have to do homework."
Another favourite of mine is when Teacher meets a student at school and the kid says "Hi Teacher" to him with a bored look on her face. In the next scene, the student meets Teacher at the supermarket, this startles her a bit, causing her to pause and shout "What the?!" at him. And in the third panel, Teacher and student meet at the beach and the little girl is wearing a one piece and a snorkelling mask and her shock is now registering off the scale. "What are you doing here?" she shrieks.
I have kids of my own and I've also worked in childcare. I know how uncensored and funny kids can be. A Teacher's Life would be the perfect gift for anyone who has worked in teaching, childcare or has had kids of their own.