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Spanish teacher excited to return to the classroom

posted Oct 13, 2019, 2:15 PM by Andrew Tichy
By: Brooke Storbakken
Features Reporter

Back in 2018 Senora Uphus found out she was pregnant and decided to take a break from school after the 2017-2018 term was over. She figured it would be hard to find a daycare for infant twins so she wanted to take a year break to watch the girls and settle in. Before they knew about the pregnancy and the term had ended for the school year, Uphus had been teaching at Moorhead High School for six years; and before that, she was in her home town of Grafton, North Dakota for four years.

At first, it was a little weird to not be at school, especially since my first day home with the twins was the first day of school.  I felt like I was missing out on everything at school but then I was so busy with the girls that I didn't think about school all the time after the first few weeks,” she said. 

While she was gone she spent all her time taking care of her twin daughters while her husband was at work for the day. She was able to bring her girls on walks every day and bring them to one of her friends who had also recently given birth. Usually, they would also go to the park where the girls loved to swing. She also brought her girls to Target when it was too cold for them to go on walks.

“Some days I missed teaching and some days I didn't. Most of the time I loved being home with the girls but some days were really challenging,” Uphus said. “It's not easy to get out of the house with twins, especially in the winter, so then I really missed the interaction with students. I am extremely grateful that I had the chance to stay home for the year though. I loved the time I had with the girls and am so thankful that I was able to watch them grow during their first year.” 

The break made a big impact on Uphus whether it was her whole lifestyle or just the year she was gone. She said she missed her students from last year and was quickly shown how stressful but rewarding it was to be a stay at home mom. Uphus never thought she would do anything other than teach after she found her love for teaching but she's extremely grateful she got the time she did with her girls.

To prepare for coming back to school she had to make sure to prep her class and make sure everything was how she wanted it to be before school started. Coming back to school has been a struggle for Uphus, trying to fit everything into her schedule with limited time but she is very happy to be back and teaching in room 116.