(Closed) Name Change when you're a teacher?

posted 5 years ago in Names
Post # 6
1814 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

Could you have them call you by your married name from the start?

Post # 7
3968 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MrsSnowMountain:  You know in France they’ve actually done away with Madamoiselle? I would have them call you by your married name from the start.

Post # 8
732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I am a teacher and I know how this is. once students and even other teachers get your name in their head, they have trouble calling you by the other name. I would just have them call you by your married name right from the start. Luckily I am getting married in the summer, so my new batch of freshman will only call me by my new name. But all my students last year told me they will never stop calling my Ms. N even after I am married because that is how they know me. 

Post # 10
1611 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I got married over the summer, so it was an issue for me, but I’ve seen other teachers do it 2 ways.  1 teacher changed it in the middle for the year, and the other waited until the following year to officially change it.  In my district, I would wait until the following school year because my email would change, and I think it would be more difficult contacting all the parents abt that.

Post # 11
413 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I am a teacher and I would just start with your maiden name and switch to your married name after you’re married. Sure, students and staff will accidentally call you by your maiden name every once in a while but its not really that big of a deal.  I got married in April and switched from Miss W_____ to Mrs. R_______. And I taught first grade at the time! It was easier for the kids to remember my new last name than my coworkers. 🙂

Post # 12
2300 posts
Buzzing bee

@MrsSnowMountain:  For the grades you are teaching I don’t think it will be a big issues.   Start with your unmarried name, tell them you will be getting married later in the year and then change it.


As another poster said people will call you by your unmmaried name cause thats how they have known you longest.


I’m also a teacher in a high school. But I thought about just keeping my unmarried name when I get hitched.

Post # 13
75 posts
Worker bee

Talk to your principal and ask his/her opinion. I would explain to the children on the first day….”this is my name, but I am being married in October and will then go by this name”.

Post # 14
349 posts
Helper bee

My daughter teaches 4th grade and will face this same situation when she marries in December.  I have suggested using her married name from the beginning of the school year, but she is more comfortable using her maiden name “Miss N” and switching to her married name “Mrs. M” between semesters.  I agree with previous posters that discussing this with your principal or supervisor prior to the school year makes the most sense.  Good luck!

Post # 15
838 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

@MrsSnowMountain:  So you’re telling me that you’re afraid that a bunch of teenagers won’t be able to learn a new name as if they haven’t had a world of new names exposed to them their entire life???????

Post # 16
845 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@DJones69:  Obviously you don’t teach teenagers!


I got married in May and had a couple of weeks left when I came back from the honeymoon so I kept my maiden name.  Although the kids really liked calling me by my new name because it was different and French and it is more “fun” to say.

I’m moving to a new school this upcoming year and I’m lucky I can just start fresh.  That is if I can remember to refer to myself as the new name.  I seem to forget and call out my maiden name all the time!  It’s harder for teachers who say their own last name so much, IMO.

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