Post # 1
I am a teacher and have already established a positive reputation for myself at the school where I teach. I am not completely abandoning my name; I am hyphenating legally and personally.
Here’s where my dilemma comes in: I don’t know whether to keep going by my maiden name professionally for the following reasons:
- My name is going to be rather long now, and I hate to make my eighth graders write out my long-ass name every time they turn something in. 😉
- Most of my things in my classroom are mine personally (books, furniture, etc.) and are all labeled in Sharpie pens with my maiden last name.
- I feel like I already have proven myself with my maiden name, and I don’t want any confusion for parents whose older children may have had me in the past or recommendations and accolades I may have earned.
- My e-mail address and professional documents (such as my teaching certificate) are all in my maiden name. It seems like a huge hassle to go and change them all!
I think I might continue to go by my maiden name professionally, but is this weird because I won’t be going by just my maiden name personally anymore?
What are other teachers doing?
Post # 3
Yes, I’m a teacher and known by my maiden name. I’m not going to change it and start confusion around my students, colleques, parents and all other conncetions I have as a teacher. And actually I like my maidenname. At home and for paperwork I will have my new name + maidenname, at work I’m ‘me’ as I was 😉
Post # 4
Thankfully… I am getting married in September, and I graduate with my teaching degree in May… So I don’t have to worry about this! Married name it is 🙂
Post # 5
Despite the confusion, I will be changing my name.
Enough people (parents, former students, etc..) know I am getting married and will know my new name. However, I am starting the year with my maiden name, and ending with my married name.. if thats not gonna confuse the first graders I’ll be shocked! LOL
Post # 6
I think it comes down to what YOU want to be called. After a few years people will change if they need to. I teach kindergarten so it was easy for me to start they year with a new name since they didn’t know me already and I wanted to be called by my new last name. My coworkers and parents are slowly getting the hang of it. I know a few fellow teachers that have changed their names and I sometimes now a couple years later can’t remember their maiden names at all.
@destiny1120: Just be ready for them to call you both. My previous students tried, but would get it mixed up all the time. It might be better to just wait until the next year to change over if you don’t want to be constantly correcting them.
Post # 7
Im thinking the same thing!!! Although I think my teaching certs and degree will be left as my maiden name and I will be Mrs ‘married name’ with everything else … altho my wedding is in september i will officially change it for the new year 🙂
Post # 8
I work in a super-small school, so pretty much everyone and their extended family (no joke) knew I was getting married. And I’m still pretty early in my career, so I have a feeling it won’t be a huge deal.
Post # 9
Although I’m not teaching now I have my degree/have taught in the past. I guess it depends how attached you are to your maiden name! For me, I am very excited to have my FI’s last name (for a lot of reasons, one reason in the professional/teaching world is that people will actually be able to pronounce it on sight), so I do believe that if I were teaching I would change it to my married name. I do remember many teachers in my own experience getting married and maybe it’s a benefit of being from a smaller district (each grade about 200 students) that it wasn’t a big deal. Kids knew, parents knew, it wasn’t too confusing.
However your issue is a bit different being that you are hyphenating and you said it’s long…I think what tends to happen in these situations is most people would just call you your maiden name by itself rather than saying your whole name out loud. I understand the students having to write it out thing, but maybe they can write Mrs. H-W? (or whatever initials are).
Post # 10
I will use my married name next year. It is easier to pronounce than my maiden name. The way I figure it is that if a parent would want to request or say something positive, and they use my maiden name, the school will still know who I am. I know that it will take awhile for some to call me by my new name, and some (especially former students) may never make the transition over, but that’s okay. I’m pretty proud of my new name and I’m excited to use it :-).