Beside her desk in the rear corner sit a refrigerator and microwave that give her easy access to Lean Cuisines, water and the four colas she often drinks to make it through the day.
Schara, like some of her colleagues at Roosevelt and other schools, depends on having easy access to food and snacks since she can't leave students unattended and the teachers lounge is at least a five-minute walk from her bungalow.
But as part of a new energy policy in the Glendale Unified School District, teachers must remove most personal appliances from their classrooms.
The rule was approved as part of a broader energy policy last summer, and district officials say cutting those appliances will save $60,000 per year. The wider program has saved $2 million, the district said...
The Jurupa Unified School District recently instituted an annual fee policy that will go into effect next year: $40 for refrigerators, $10 for microwaves and $10 for coffee makers.
The Val Verde district has banned the appliances outright.
I'm not one of these teachers, but I know teachers like this:
"I teach bell to bell, I'm flying bell to bell, every day," said Pat Rabe, a math teacher at Crescenta Valley High School. "And when we don't have access to these things immediately, we don't eat"....It seems pretty penny-ante to me, unless we're talking about something like a full-size frig to hold a couple of soft drinks.
Like others, Rabe often spends lunch doing extra work with students in her classroom but wonders if the ban will put an end to that.
"The students ultimately are going to lose," she said. "Because a lot of times if I have to choose between eating and helping a student . . . I'm going to choose to eat."