Parents Who Teach Their Own Children

Among the 1300 students and staff members lurking the halls of RHS are mother-daughter and father-daughter duos, as well as mother and son trios: English teacher Anne Ehlers, math teacher Mark Bradley and social studies teacher Jane Fry and their children all work at or attend RHS.
Bradley’s daughter, senior Lena Bradley, said, “I come here [to his classroom] for lunch and I’m not embarrassed to have him as a dad. I do have him as a teacher this year and it’s a little weird but we’re cool.”
Although most people would find it weird to befriend their teacher’s child, senior Jonathan Garcia does not mind. “I think their relationship is incredible. Bradley conducts a very professional manner in class but on a personal level, he is a great father to Lena,” Garcia said.
After a long week of giving lectures, the weekend is a well-deserved treat for teachers. Fry spends her Friday nights cheering on her twin sons, senior marching band trumpeter Andy and senior defensive lineman Danny Emond, at football games.
“It’s nice knowing that she’s there cheering me on at the games, but I never really see her since I’m focused on the game,” Danny said.
Aside from being teachers, Ehlers, Bradley and Fry all emphasize the importance of being a parent. They spend time doing family activities like playing video games and traveling, reminding their kids to do their chores and helping them with their homework.
“[Ehlers] is more laid back here and then we get all the yelling a�� [but] she helps me a lot with homework because I get distracted easily,” Ehler’s daughter, sophomore Rebecca Ehlers, said.
Lena, Andy, Danny and Rebecca all attest to the fact that having a parent that is a teacher is not as intimidating as it seems. For the most part, it has benefited the students.