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Between the Bells

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A Play by Alaina Adams

A sequel to Angela Buzan’s “Before the Bell” and Donnie Dicus’ “The End of the Day”


An urban public high school in Phoenix. Compilation of events between first hour and 9th hour during one week in October before Fall Break.


  • DR. A: a woman in her early 40s, called “Dr. A,” who works as an administrator in training
  • DAUGHTER: Dr. A’s teenage child. A senior full of pizazz and social justice fire
  • TEACHERS: various
  • COUNSELORS: various
  • STUDENTS: Various, names are pseudonyms
  • STAFF: support staff

Scene 1: Home

DR. A: [lugging briefcase, protein shake, and teenage daughter to car] Did you grab my coffee kiddo?

DAUGHTER: [Rolls eyes dramatically] You already drank your coffee. Some of it is on your shirt.

[DR. A mumbles something unintelligible and dashes back into house to change shirt].

Scene 2: Before School

TEACHER: [approaches DR. A in parking lot] I saw on Facebook that kids at Anonymous Sister-High School are planning a walk out to protest the school to prison pipeline. You’re the first administrator I’m seeing so I’m telling you. You should alert someone.

DR. A: Send me a screen shot. Thank you.

[exit TEACHER enter STAFF inside doors of school]

STAFF: I have a follow up on the bed bug sighting. Nothing to worry about. False alarm.

DR. A: Thank you.

[exit STAFF and enter COUNSELOR outside DR. A’s office]

COUNSELOR: Don’t forget we have our FAFSA event today and you are in charge of crowd control for the 500+ seniors that may show up.

[BEN appears at DR. A’s door and interrupts conversation]

BEN: Can I touch your Harry Potter wand again? It gave me good luck on my test last week.

DR. A: Yes. But don’t take more than one sour ball from the jar on the magic table this time.

COUNSELOR [waiting at door]: Sour balls – yaaaas! [Takes a yellow one]

BEN: The yellow ones are gross. You should eat a red one.

COUNSELOR: I’ll eat one of each.

BEN: No fair! I’m a growing boy and should get two…

COUNSELOR: I’ll give you mine if you fill out a FAFSA later today since I know you’re a senior.

BEN: Deal.


DR. A: [Finally puts purse in desk and runs off to 4 project meetings].

Scene 3: Mid-Day

DR. A [monitoring campus during passing period – calls security staff on radio]: We have a dog on campus. Students are trying to feed it Takis. Can someone bring the golf cart to herd or fetch it?

STAFF: 10-4.

DR. A [still walking and monitoring – classes back in session]: WHOOAA there – where are you running off to? Do you have a pass?

RIZINA: Eff this. I’m out. I told that teacher I’m not writing one more essay in his class!

DR. A: Walk with me. Let’s talk.

RIZINA: Fine but I’m not doing the assignment.

Dr. A [talks to RIZINA, walks entire campus with student to reduce aggression levels, conversation ends in hug and student escorted back to class].

[exit RIZINA. DR. A power walks to her office, grabs protein bar, and sprints to 3 teacher evaluation meetings].

Scene 4: After School

SERGIO: Dr. A!! High Five! I told you that I’d bring you back the $2 that you loaned me for the bus last week. Thanks for not writing that referral for chucking a pencil across the room during detention – bad day. You saved my bacon.

DR. A: You don’t need to pay me back if you need the cash.

SERGIO: Word. I’ll keep it. But I will bring you a slice of cheesecake I’m making in my culinary class tomorrow as payback. Deal?

DR. A: Is it plain or strawberry? Cherry? Something else that’s exotic?

SERGIO: None of that fancy crap. Plain all the way.

DR. A: Though I admire the art of including fruit, I applaud your purist form and accept your terms.

[exit SERGIO. DR.A grabs handful of sour balls from magic table, jogs to facilitate after school PD session, then leaves campus around 6:00pm]




Dr. Alaina Adams

Phoenix, Arizona

My name is Alaina Adams and I am a Board Certified educator who has taught a variety of English Language Arts classes in middle school, high school, and higher education contexts for the past 12 years. I am currently working as a leader in full-time training in the Phoenix Union High School District and love the new perspective it brings for teacher leadership development in my urban, secondary setting. In addition to working in an administrative capacity, I also coach teachers on my campus, district, and across Arizona as they engage with the National Board Certification process. When not working towards total world domination, I am the mother of a teenage daughter, enjoyer of live music, and am an all-around text-messaging, Twitter-following, and Facebook-posting human being.

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Comments 5

  1. Angela Buzan

    Okay, I’m laughing so hard I just have to respond in real time, line by line:

    “You already drank your coffee. Some of it is on your shirt.” Bahaha! Story of my life.

    “Can I touch your Harry Potter wand again? It gave me good luck on my test last week.” In a line, this is why teaching is worth it.

    “I’ll give you mine if you fill out a FAFSA later today”. Ahh the small bribes that go so far. (Can this be evidence in my National Board application?)

    “We have a dog on campus. Students are trying to feed it Takis”. In a line, this is why teaching is superior to every other career.

    “I will bring you a slice of cheesecake I make in culinary”. CAKE ALL DAY SON! Student deliveries are awesome.

    “DR.A grabs handful of sour balls from magic table”. Never trust a teacher who can keep candy in the room without eating it!

  2. Angelia

    The love that you have for your students and staff come across incredibly clearly. Thank you for running around so frantically do to what you do to calm your students and help them be successful. Your job is never ending, but you do it in a wizard like way! Kudos friend

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