First day of school jitters aren't just for kids

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- People may think that teachers have it easy because they get their summers off. Some teachers though, may beg to differ.

"I wish I really did get my summer off," said Erin Burch, a fourth grade teacher at Lost River Elementary in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Many teachers have spent their summers lesson-planning and decorating their classrooms.

"I started about back in June on getting everything ready," Burch continued.

"A lot of trips to the parent-teacher store, and Walmart and Target, but it got done with a lot of help," said Lauryn Johson, a first year teacher at Parker Bennett Curry in Bowling Green.

Planning and decorating isn't the only thing that's been weighing on these teachers.

"I definitely have first day jitters," said Megan Connally, another first year teacher at Parker Bennett Curry.

A mixture of excitement and nerves seems to be the theme for all teachers, regardless if they are a first year or a veteran.

"I'm so excited, but the night before I probably won't get any sleep," said Burch.

And these teachers aren't planning on hiding their emotions from their students.

"My very favorite book to read on the first day of school is First Day Jitters. And the whole book, you think they're talking about a student, but at the end, they're actually talking about their new teacher," Burch explained.

In addition to transparency, these teachers plan on being as open as possible for another reason.

"I think that's a way to relate to the students, too, because you are able to talk about those first day jitters and you can kind of get over them together," says Johnson.

These first year teachers seemed to be at ease while talking about the new school year starting in Bowling Green this week.

"It's definitely overwhelming but the support here has been awesome," says Connally.

At one point during the day, first year teachers at Parker Bennett-Curry were tidying up their classrooms when a 12-year veteran willingly walked in, sat them down and gave them advice about the first day.

"Passing on knowledge has been the best help," explained Connally.

These teachers appear to be more than prepared emotionally and physically for August 9.

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