Lord, Captain, Chef… Non-binary Transgender Teacher Reveals The Titles Their Students Gave Them

A non-binary transgender teacher shared how their students address them instead of Mr, Mrs, or Mrx. There are around 2 million trans and non-binary people in the US, and in recent months, they all felt setbacks regarding their rights.

However, this story is quite uplifting, showing how one teacher sparked creativity among their high school students.

Addressing a non-binary person

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Non-binary people can be gender fluid or identify somewhere between a man and a woman or outside those terms. Teachers usually use Mrx. (read it as “mix”) instead of the traditional Mrs, Miss, Mr., or Ms.

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to non-binary people and addressing them, but you can always ask.

Justin Flint’s story

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Flint is a high school English teacher. They answered a burning question, “If students don’t use Mr or Ms with me, what do they put in front of my name?’”

In a TikTok clip, they said they were okay with students only calling them Flint.

The students came up with unique titles

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Flint expressed, “I don’t put anything in front of my name, and students just call me ‘Flint,’” However, “Recently, some of my students stayed behind after class to tell me that they do not like this arrangement anymore.”

Meet the Captain

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The students told Flint they came up with the title “Captain.” They explained, “I like this because it sounds like I’m leading a ship on the Enterprise instead of begging students to care about literature.”

But it did not end there.

Sargeant, or Sarge

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Talking about this title, Flint said, “It’s masculine, commanding, but I don’t think I could be counted on to reliably spell it.”

Lord

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This one did not sit well with the teacher and made them feel “immediately uncomfortable.” Though it is fun, “I think in practice I would be immediately alarmed if I heard somebody calling their teacher ‘Lord.’”

Coach

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The teacher continued, “Fourth is Coach, which I do hear as a coach for roller derby. But the only thing I actually coach at school is academic decathlon, which I don’t think qualifies me for this.”

Doc and Chef

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Flint expressed that Doc and Chef were “unquestionably my favorite.” They explained, “I teach English and Film. My day doesn’t deal with food at all. But the absurdity, I think, is its charm.”

However, since the students were obsessed with the movie “The Menu,” Chef can be both fun and a bit chilling.

Your Honor

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Flint shared the latest title they received earlier that day. They conveyed, “I think it might put students in a defensive position immediately, but sometimes they deserve it.”

Flint is all about teaching

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Even the video’s caption said, “Call me whatever you want, just please read the book.” It proved that this teacher is witty and shares a great desire to teach their students.

The kids are also great

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As one comment on TikTok said, “High school-aged people are actually really accepting and can have a sense of humor about things while appreciating them.”

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