The previous day, I had gotten a brief call from the sub caller. Could I cover twenty days for Ms. A? I would get two overlap days with the current sub, Mr. P.
(Ms. A is on maternity leave. She's due back in April.)
Some subs are well-known. Mr. P is one of them.
I see him around all the time, and if I mention his name to students, they know who I'm talking about. And they like him. He's good at his job.
Thursday morning I joined the first period. Mr. P greeted me, even pronouncing my name correctly. (I'm not particular about it, but mostly those who talk to me get it close enough.)
After class, we had some time to talk. He said he had informed the other teachers in the department of who was taking over for him, and then he said something that shocked me. He said that my name should be familiar to them because I was more well-known than him.
Uh, I beg to differ, Mr. P, but no, you're way more well-known than me. I mean, I know the other teachers do know me. They're definitely familiar with me. No question.
But if I were to rank the "famous" subs, I am well below Mr. P.
It's hard to know how known one is outside of their little circles. I guess Mr. P doesn't know how familiar he is to the rest of us.