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Photo Series Captures The Part Of A Teacher's Day You Never See

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AFTER SCHOOL
Teacher Josina Reaves after school at Poly Prep in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. Reaves is a subject in Aliza Eliazarov's photo series "See Me After School." | Aliza Eliazarov

It is the calm after the storm.

After the last school bell rings and rowdy children shuffle out, teachers are left with a few silent moments to soak in or let go of the day's triumphs and disappointments.

Last year, photographer Aliza Eliazarov captured these often-unseen moments for her photo series "See Me After School," which features New York educators.

Eliazarov is no stranger to the unseen lives of teachers; she was one before becoming a full-time photographer.

"In the minutes after the classroom emptied I would be consumed by many feelings as I processed the day and began to plan for the next, and of course these feelings change from day to day," she told The Huffington Post via email. "The sentiments expressed by the teachers in my photos are indicative of their feelings during a specific moment on one day. In this respect, I identify with all of my subjects."

Look below for a glimpse into the after-school moments:

  • Josina Reaves: High School English Teacher at Poly Prep in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn
    Aliza Eliazarov
    How do you feel right now? Exhausted.

    What was the highlight of your day? I read some fantastic student poems- some were really thoughtful, well done and revealing.
  • Jeremy St. Romain: Middle School Technology Teacher at MS 343, The Bronx School of Applied Mathematics and Technology
    Aliza Eliazarov
    What was the high point of your day? I had a good time with my 6th graders. Right now they're doing Google presentations. Even some of the knuckleheads were engaged.
  • Kate Louis: High School English Teacher at Urban Assembly For Green Careers on Manhattan's Upper West Side
    Aliza Eliazarov
    How do you feel right now? Accomplished, proud of students who stayed late, and overwhelmed because I still need to make lesson plans for tomorrow.
  • Emma Fryer: Middle School Special Education Teacher at MS 363, The Academy For Personal Leadership and Excellence in the Bronx
    Aliza Eliazarov
    What was the highlight of your day? There was a really good flow today in one of the struggling classes. It's really nice when everyone is working at their fullest capacity. I've been working really hard developing a new lesson plan template.

    What do you like most about teaching? Picking kids' brains apart to find the best way for them to access the curriculum.
  • Hilary Koenig- Beynon: Middle School Art Teacher at Poly Prep in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn
    Aliza Eliazarov
    How do you feel right now? Tired.

    What's the best thing about your job? The kids are mostly motivated and enthusiastic. There are lots of resources here.

    What's the hardest thing? You have to be "on" all day. Also, school politics.
  • Peter Mancini: Elementary Music Teacher at PS 164 in Borough Park, Brooklyn
    Aliza Eliazarov
    I was a baker before I was a teacher. I really enjoy teaching. I get a kick out of the kids.

    What was the high point of your day? Conducting the band playing Star Wars.
  • Jacqueline Malanga: Art Teacher at High School For Fashion Industries in Chelsea
    Aliza Eliazarov
    How do you feel right now? Glad to be here, relieved that it's the end of the day. I have a lot to do for tomorrow, but if I go home I will crash. I constantly think about how to take time for myself and not get completely enveloped, but I do.
  • Francesca Leibowitz: Middle School English Teacher at Poly Prep in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn
    Aliza Eliazarov
    I left a career in advertising to teach.

    What was the high point of your day? I'm currently doing a poetry unit. Students were enthusiastic, and inspiring. I'm thinking about wrapping up, cleaning my desk and getting organized. I have to say I have the best job. I love, love, love what I do.
  • Maddie Sage-El: High School Special Education Teacher at Urban Assembly for Green Careers on Manhattan's Upper West Side
    Aliza Eliazarov
    How do you feel right now? Exhausted.
  • Belina David: Fashion Design Teacher at The High School For Fashion Industries in Chelsea
    Aliza Eliazarov
    How do you feel right now? Tired. My son wants to go home but I can't because there's too much to do. We are getting ready for a fashion show. Yesterday I was in Albany with the teachers' lobby. That was exciting.
  • Ariel Polonsky: Preschool Teacher at Brooklyn Heights Synagogue Preschool
    Aliza Eliazarov
    What was the high point of your day? There were lots of little high points. The room was humming. We let our butterflies go today. That was nice!

    What was the low point? I forgot my lunch.