One of the toddler's teachers left in September. This is very sad; we really liked her. The daycare has been looking for a new teacher for a while and finally found one two weeks ago. This teacher is a man. On his first day, my husband happened to walk the kids in at the same time as her other teacher, who told my husband about Mr. Teacher. Not in a "hey, guess what?" way either. She was really concerned about this teacher being a man and told my husband the school would be sending home letters about this and went on and on like it was a big deal. When my husband called to tell me, I was shocked. Who cares if he is a man? It is not like he is all alone with a bunch of girls or something - there are two teachers in her room, the two 2-year old rooms share a bathroom and do most of their activities in a group together, which means there are usually four teachers around the kids. I let my husband, my dad, my father-in- law, and my brother-in-law take my daughter to the bathroom; this guy is a teacher, I expect he will be professional about things. We've met him, he is a nice guy, late 20s/early 30s, perfectly normal. He has been here for weeks and apparently there are still some issues with parents not liking this idea. I watch lots of crime dramas on tv and tend to jump to scary thoughts, but in this case, I guess I believe in the goodness of people and trust that Mr. Teacher has no alternative plan and likes kids the same way Mrs. Teacher likes kids.
Is it just me? Am I abnormal for thinking this is perfectly fine? I just really do not get it, I think this is great. He provides a different kind of authority figure and a way for kids to see that men and women can do all different types of jobs. But in this school, my opinion is apparently in the minority!