Teaching Admin Kids

Great experience or total nightmare?

Teaching Admin kids who are strong students, great athletes or talented artists is wonderful! And even better when you’re able to build a positive relationship to support their learning and growth.

It’s tougher when Admin kids have challenges or need support. Tough conversations with Admin about their kids’ struggles can build better professional relationships, but can also lead to a nightmare of a workplace if Admin won’t accept that their children are less than perfect. Walking on eggshells to ‘keep the boss happy,’ while trying not to disservice the child, is not easy.

Most Admin kids know they’re in an awkward situation. Teachers report to their parents about them while at the same time their teachers have to answer to their parents. Every once in awhile you get that excessively entitled kid who’ll play the My mom’s your boss! card. The parent is usually on the same page.

ISR Members Comment:

So far I’ve been lucky. I’ve taught the admin’s kids, but they were mostly well-behaved and academically ok. At my first school, however, admin always tried to make excuses instead of apologies for their two kids’ awful and disrespectful behavior. I was never their teacher. The admin didn’t go as far as to pressure the teachers to treat them differently, but it was very annoying and uncomfortable for their teachers, to say the least.

Almost all the admin and teacher kids I’ve taught have been a delight. I can only think of one who had any issues. He wasn’t a bad student – just very quiet and terrified of his dad who was a terrible admin and kind of an ass to everyone, staff and students alike. I might have brought it up with the guy if I felt like he was responsive to any criticism at all, but nope...

It depends on the admin. In my experience they’ve almost always been great. I’ve only once ever seen a nightmare case, and I thankfully wasn’t involved. Considering what happened, I was really surprised that it didn’t end up on this site. Close to the most unprofessional behaviour I’ve ever seen!

ISR asks: Have YOU personally navigated teaching Admin kids? What do YOU do when you see an Admin kid really struggling emotionally and their ‘chin up’ parent has low or no EQ? SHARE some stories so we can all learn.

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6 thoughts on “Teaching Admin Kids

  1. Taught at a remote boarding school in India that had an incredible incestuous community and everyone lived, worked and breathed together. Some staff expected very special treatment for their precious ones and if they didn’t get it, it was easy to get left out of the mandatory social gatherings. Choose your school carefully.


  2. Taught the unpleasant offspring of a Russian teacher who masqueraded as an English teacher. The child was sneaky, never completed assignments and always stirred the pot. His mother hated the teachers and claimed he was discriminated against and badly taught. Dreadful experience for all the teachers.


  3. Taught plenty of admins’ kids. One comes to mind with social emotional issues. Went very very well actually. Supportive realistic admin parent, and was quite a successful year. In fact that admin, despite usually having their hands always tied from higher above, was a good one to work for.


  4. Other way around actually…

    Throughout my time at a school, most staff taught the owner’s children who had the discipline, drive, literacy and language skills. Same goes for the (obscenely) wealthy local children whose parents hire private tutors to help and extend their children’s learning.

    Post pandemic, the real issues are, the teachers/staff children who has a, “My mom works here” complex. With phrases like this coming out of the children’s mouths, one does wonder what their parents are teaching their children.

    The sense of entitlement from these children and their parents is simply laughable. Especially when you’re surrounded by wealthy, not rich, but wealthy parents who teach their children to be humble and be good role models.

    What does one do when these children mouth off about their parents working in the school? In the most creative of ways, one simply gives them a realistic picture of their “perceived rank”.


  5. I had an interesting experience teaching the daughter of our director. For about the first half of the school year she was one of my star pupils. Then, for no reason her work fell off and her performance plummeted. Her mother, our director, later explained to me this was a symptom of her condition. She reaches a point where she can’t go any further in understanding. I was fortunate I was able to work with the mother and receive advice, etc., and help her daughter the best I could.


  6. I had to do this at two different schools, and at each school the admin were nightmarishly incompetent people who had only built a school to make money and couldn’t have cared less about academic excellence. At the first school I wound up teaching all three of the owners’ children. There were lovely (Though it took some time to adjust for one of them, who had severe behavior issues before I straightened him out.) and I am still in touch with the eldest all these years later. On the flip side, at the other school where I got the owner’s kid, he turned out to be an entitled, spoiled brat who was never in my classroom long enough to get straightened out. His dad let him skip class whenever he wanted, and constantly pulled him out of school to go on international trips for such long periods that he couldn’t keep up with any work. He also never did the work I spent tons of time preparing for him to take with him on his trips. I failed him of course, but his father just changed his grade. Utterly disgusting, but in this day and age that probably just means he’ll grow up to be a world leader.


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