Besides our transportation obstacles that make us unique to other remote communities, Catalina Island Teachers have similar pros and cons to those of other remote communities. Whenever we walk through the 3/4 square mile city of Avalon, we are always prepared for "instant" parent-teacher conferences and/or student tutoring sessions, which we graciously accept as a part of our job.
The Seagulls Welcoming You To Avalon
We have learned we are sure to run into someone we know when we go into our local post office to pick up the mail or during a trip to Vons to buy a gallon of milk and we always have to be on our best behavior in public as we live in this "Island Bubble." But, that just goes along with our teaching assignment.
We especially have to be careful with what we say or "look like" we are doing as it can always be incorrectly perceived by others. The "Catalina Island Wave" cannot be forgotten and we don't dare look unhappy with someone or the whole town is soon to know about it, even before we have figured it out ourselves.
Finally, there is the unspeakable joy we receive while training our parents how to help teach their children and watching our students grow up through the years as we live together on this Island. We realize our lives are not our own as we live together with our parents and students in this small remote town. But, that is what we chose when we accepted a teaching assignment with Long Beach Unified School District on Santa Catalina Island.