Teachers of the Apocalypse

This is a tribute to all of the teachers that are staying on board and making it all work for our kids. 1 in 5 teachers have quit or lost their job because of the extreme pressure and expectations which has had an impact on their mental health and concern with Covid. They teach because they love the kids and imparting knowledge is a gift that feeds their soul knowing they have contributed to the lives of our youth. Their mission is to empower their kids to learn, grow and experience life to it’s fullest, using critical thinking skills to navigate their lives, which impacts our world.

I have picked a variety of ages to see if we might find parallels among them, no matter what grade or subject they teach.

Here’s to our teachers as we bow in gratitude and appreciation! Kudo’s to all of you and thank you so much for contributing to this important post!


Meet Angela Reinertson: Mom, Grandma, Owner of RiverStar Winery

Angela is my neighbor and lives down the street from me. Her 3 kids were roughly in the same grade as mine. The difference is her kids are all married with grand kids and mine are not but hey, I am a Cat Grandma 🤣. Angela and her husband Rob ended up taking custody of her son’s children 4 years ago and they also bought a winery around that same time. She home schools her kids and more recently started working in the classroom assisting as well. My head spins when I think about how they made this all work and she never complains for a second.

“PPE” Margaritas

What are the biggest challenges teaching during the pandemic?

The biggest challenge doing distance learning is just keeping them on schedule.  I have Robbie who is 1st grade and Payton who is in Kindergarten and Rose is Pre-K (she is the only one who actually gets to go to school). They have staggered schedules all day so that’s a lot of logging in and out. I feel like it’s soooo much screen time and that bothers me but the children never complain. 

How has this affected your mental health?

My mental health is doing ok… some days I feel overwhelmed and can’t wait til the school day is over but other days we sail along. All I care about is that the children are safe, healthy and happy!

What suggestions do you have for other teachers, students and administration?

I’ve always admired and appreciated our teachers, now more so than ever!  Our teachers are putting so much time, energy and effort to support the children.  We are all in this together but MAN I can’t wait til they go back to school!

What creative things have you done to make teaching more enjoyable?

We take a lot of outside breaks during the day so they can run around.  Sometimes they do their classes outside (when the air quality is good) I stay positive for them and I think that’s what makes them want to do their best!

Are you getting any breaks?

I don’t get many breaks during the week… my niece and nephew have been helping with the morning work twice a week and that is much appreciated. 8:15-2:00 every day is exhausting but it gets done! 


Meet Lizanne McCord

Lizanne and I have been childhood friends and neighbors in Daly City, California since we were 5 years old and went to our local public school together. She and I have remained friends ever since which is such a blessing! Lizanne teaches in the Belmont-Redwood Shires School District, in California

Lizanne and her Co-Teacher 1 year ago

What are the biggest challenges teaching during the pandemic?

I work with elementary school students from kindergarten to fifth grade. I work in a learning center so we work one on one and with small groups of students. Some of the biggest challenges in teaching during the pandemic were learning computer technology and all the different programs that come with teaching virtually. Also, another challenge is keeping the material interesting so that our students are engaged in the curriculum. If a student doesn’t show up at their scheduled time or chooses only to show part of their face or not to turn on their video at all, I can only control so much on my end. 

How has this affected your mental health?

How this has affected my mental health, after zooming from 8:30-2:30, my eyes feel strained and I’m ready to get away from any screen. I will take a walk and a zoom class which helps with my mental health.

What suggestions do you have for other teachers, students and administration?

Some of my suggestions for other students are to continue to stay focus, work hard, have the attitude that this situation is temporary so make the most out of virtual learning. One suggestion I have for the administration is to teach one day or one week with students on zoom so they can experience what the students and staff experience.

What creative things have you done to make teaching more enjoyable?

Some of the creative things I have done to make teaching more enjoyable are the following, when I start with any student, I do a daily check-in to see how they’re doing and how the school work is going for them. We start with a brain break which they can choose to walk or jog in place, do jumping jacks, or stretch. When we’re done with our 30-minute session they have a choice of doing a scavenger hunt or play I spy. I feel this helps to transition back to their classroom, after working with me.

Are you getting any breaks?

Yes, I’m getting my breaks. My schedule allows me to take a 15-minute break in the morning. I have a 45-minute lunch break also. When a student doesn’t show for their allotted time then that allows me to get other work done. I take Cindy’s Wednesday evening Yoga class on zoom. The stretching and Yoga poses helps to alleviate stress. I feel better and sleep well after taking her relaxing and wonderful class.


Meet Michelle Rickelman

Michelle is my niece and is doing an amazing job teaching all while having 3 kids and pregnant with her 4th. A girl after my own heart. Congratulations Michelle! Love and miss you!

Michelle has been teaching Early Childhood Special Education for 13 years in Riverside School District 96 in Riverside, IL.

What are the biggest challenges teaching during the pandemic?

The three biggest challenges I have come across while teaching during the pandemic include:

First, making sure each child gets what they need, since every child is unique with their own learning styles and interests. I teach 3-5 year olds, some are typically developing and some have special needs; and I am currently teaching hybrid (in-person) and remote at the same time. So, this has been a huge adjustment with figuring out how to plan and implement activities that can be done in the classroom and at home at the same time. 

Second, incorporating technology into everyday activities has been a learning curve for me- prior to this school year, I was more focused on the face to face interactions, encouraging pretend play and creative thought, and building relationships than I was on incorporating technology into my classroom. 

Third, teaching both hybrid and remote together has also increased the workload by quite a bit- it often feels as though there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done.

How has this affected your mental health?

I am blessed to have a huge support system at home, so while I definitely notice an increase in my stress level and anxiety, I feel as though I have been able to manage and juggle everything thus far. But I feel this is in large part due to my love of teaching as well- I love teaching early childhood and being their first experience with school. It is all about developing the whole child and understanding that every moment is a teaching moment. I get to help them develop a love of learning and excitement for the world around them- and the progress that each child makes during the school year still leaves me speechless after 13 years. 

What suggestions do you have for other teachers, students and administration?

I would just suggest for everyone to be patient with themselves and with others; and to really lean on others for support when needed- don’t feel like you have to do it all on your own.

What creative things have you done to make teaching more enjoyable?

Some of the creative things I have done to make teaching more enjoyable are the following, when I start with any student, I do a daily check-in to see how they’re doing and how the school work is going for them. We start with a brain break which they can choose to walk or jog in place, do jumping jacks, or stretch. When we’re done with our 30-minute session they have a choice of doing a scavenger hunt or play I spy. I feel this helps to transition back to their classroom, after working with me.

Other Notes:

I think teaching through the pandemic has really helped foster a closer parent-teacher relationship and has really helped parents/families feel more involved in their child’s education- especially since those students who are doing the remote option need a parent near to help them with the technology pieces.

Teaching has been one of the most fulfilling and rewarding jobs! And though I was hesitant at first about teaching in-person and remote to 3-5 year olds, who learn best through hands-on concrete experiences, seeing the kids smiling faces through the computer or their smiling eyes from the smile hiding under their mask makes it all worth it.


Meet a San Mateo County Preschool Director

This interviewee has decided to stay anonymous. They have been working in Early Development for 25 years, and been a Director for 9.

What are the biggest challenges teaching during the pandemic?

The hardest part about teaching right now has been finding the sweet spot where we can make it as enjoyable and educational for the kids, and stress-free for the parents. We have taken big steps to ensure each child’s’ safety, as it is always the priority. Making sure kids can be kids, be curious and be goofy in this period in time has been a challenge. We as teachers and parents are learning something new everyday.

How has this affected your mental health?

Anything that puts our families at risk will take a toll. But getting to work with children makes it all worth it. This new layer of stress is remedied by incredible staff, parents and their families. There’s no amount of stress that makes it not worthwhile.

What suggestions do you have for other teachers, students and administration?

Amid the chaos of this pandemic, it is easy to forget to find joy in learning and community. Stay safe and stay optimistic.

What creative things have you done to make teaching more enjoyable?

We do parent classes in the evenings where we serve wine. Does that count?

Are you getting any breaks?

Of course, I have a healthy work-life balance, though I find myself thinking about being in the classroom in my free time.


Meet Renee Georgakas

I am so thrilled to once again feature my daughter Renee here and acknowledge her dedication to teaching and her innovative and creative ways she brings fun in the classroom.

Renee teaches 8th Grade Science at Rolling Hills Middle School in Campbell, California

What are the biggest challenges teaching during the pandemic?

While Distance Learning may have a few perks, such as teaching with a new kitten in my lap or switching a load of laundry in between classes, the challenges have been immense.  The amount of time that we have all spent adapting our methods of teaching, learning new technology, and modifying science labs to work virtually has been overwhelming to say the least.  After 10 years of teaching, it feels like starting over in an entirely new world.  Connecting with students has never been more challenging and frustrating, as it is a daily battle to convince 8th graders to keep their cameras on during class.  Staring at dark muted screens, without the ability to see and hear student reactions makes you feel more like a robot some days, and less like a teacher.  It is still the highlight of my day when the occasional student unmutes themselves to ask how I am, share a response, or just tell me a random story about their lives.  Don’t get me wrong, I do have some fantastic students this year, who are engaged and interactive, but it has never taken me this long to get to know my students on a more personal level.  This is the biggest reason that I am eager to get back to the classroom in person, but only when we are really ready, and have the ability to ensure the safety of all people on campus.  

Aside from the endless planning, the grading, and state “engagement reporting” procedures have been quite out of control, especially as a middle school teacher.  In addition to taking daily attendance, we are required to enter 2 grades daily for each student (one for engagement and one class assignment).  With 164 students, this in and of itself takes a good chunk of time to get done.  While we may be at home teaching, it feels like there is always something more to do, and like I am constantly falling behind in one area or another. 

How has this affected your mental health?

Mental health is just fine.

What suggestions do you have for other teachers, students and administration?

The one thing I know is that the focus should be on the students, and making distance learning as engaging as possible.  This is my number one priority.  I have made virtual labs to keep students engaged, but also try to do simple at home labs with household materials to get the students exploring science and off screen for a bit during the day.  I give students brain breaks, use interactive online platforms for student responses, and daily breakout rooms for team collaboration.  Despite the challenges we are all doing our best to make sure that students are actively learning on a daily basis.  It may not be ideal, but we are all making the best of this situation.  The daily motto in my class is “This is all new, we are learning together.  Things may not be perfect, things are going to go wrong, but we will make it work.”  I feel that through this time, both teachers and students need to be patient and understanding of one another.  It is through this mutual respect and support that we will make this work for as long as we must.

Are you getting any breaks?

Breaks? What breaks?


Meet Lauren Ruth

https://www.lauren-ruth.com/

Lauren and my daughter Renee met when they were in grammar school and we are close family friends.  Lauren is a talented artist as well and a dear friend.

Lauren is Assistant Professor of Art at California State University, Chico.

What are the biggest challenges teaching during the pandemic?

Connecting with students is more difficult online. In my sculpture classes I provide students with continual feedback and can gauge their level of engagement in real time. There isn’t a good substitute for this online. I can’t read the room on Zoom. It is also difficult to give demonstrations and provide feedback on three-dimensional artwork using a screen. Of course, we can’t use the wood shop or metal shop either. Fortunately, sculptors can use other materials, like fabric and found objects, so we have options for making art in the online format. When I need a silver living, I say that this is forcing artists to become more resourceful and creative.

How has this affected your mental health?

I am stressed and overworked. I put nearly all my time into my online classes, but it never feels like enough. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so I’m not comfortable with my teaching being merely “good enough.” I think a lot of educators feel this way. I was stressed and overworked before the pandemic, but now it’s more acute.

What suggestions do you have for other teachers, students and administration?

I am teaching a graduate-level seminar and I love our discussions over Zoom! When the group is smaller and everyone participates, it is a joy to connect with students. We are all hungry for intellectual stimulation. 

What creative things have you done to make teaching more enjoyable?

I am teaching a graduate-level seminar and I love our discussions over Zoom! When the group is smaller and everyone participates, it is a joy to connect with students. We are all hungry for intellectual stimulation. 

Are you getting any breaks?

Break? What break? I haven’t taken a day off since August!

Thanks for including me and looking forward to the post! Also, I’ve attached an image of one of my recent sculptures. If you’d like to include it, a caption for the image is below:

Lauren Ruth, Chimeras, 2020, Laser cut acrylic and digital print on vinyl, 20”W x 5”H x 1/8”D (Image courtesy of the artist)

Meet Aria Lindsay

Aria is the daughter of a friend of mine who is also a teacher, who lives in my community. She is a teacher as well but decided it was best not to teach this year in Covid. We are blessed to have you in the teaching world Aria!

Aria teaches in a public high school in Davis, California

What are the biggest challenges teaching during the pandemic?

There are many huge challenges associated with teaching during a pandemic! I teach Animal Science, Floral Design and Biology at a large public high school in Davis, California. All of these classes traditionally include a great deal of hands-on work. During the regular school year we spend a huge portion of instructional time working on the school farm, creating floral arrangements, and doing hands-on labs. The pandemic has put a hold on all in-person activities and made me completely rethink how to run my classes to best serve all of my students.

One of the biggest challenge of teaching during a pandemic has been connecting with my students in a meaningful way. When I am in the classroom, I have a lot more time to work with my students and get to know them one-on-one. This constant interaction leads to the organic community building that occurs each year in my classroom. This community building has proven especially important for my students who are English language learners and my students with special needs.

Distance learning has forced me to rethink how to build a community in my classroom that fosters student buy-in. It has made me place intentional community building at the forefront of my educational objectives. I now dedicate a considerable portion of my daily instructional time to facilitating social interaction between my students. While this cuts into my instructional time, the extra engagement that I am getting as a result makes it work every second! It has contributed to my students’ social emotional learning, allowed me to reach my disengaged students more effectively, and helped me get to know my students over the course of the school year.

How has this affected your mental health?

Teaching during the pandemic has been a challenge for my mental health. While the hours that I spend every day actually teaching have been reduced, the workload has increased substantially due to the curriculum overhaul that has had to take place. I explained to one of my friends earlier this week that I treat every class period like an hour-long interactive workshop. Historically, I have been able to reuse projects and lesson plans from previous years. With the new online formatting, each lesson plan and project requires substantial tweaks or a complete redesign. This means that each class meeting takes me a couple hours to prep and practice for before delivering a new lesson or introducing a new project. I am working longer hours than I ever have, which cuts into my ability to practice self-care, work out, cook, clean, and otherwise take care of myself. I am concerned about burnout because I know that the rate that I am currently working at is not sustainable long term. I have found solace in many of my fellow teachers, who have bonded together in online forums and are more open to sharing resources than they were previous to the pandemic.

What suggestions do you have for other teachers, students and administration?

My main suggestion for anyone involved in distance learning is to focus on the new opportunities that this format provides. While it is easy to fixate all of the things that we as a community are missing out on, the thing that has kept me going has been focusing on things that I can expand. I have used this time to develop the social media outreach and online visibility for my student organization. We now have active Instagram and Facebook accounts that have allowed us to build new relationships with community stakeholders, student members, and parents. This virtual format has also allowed my students to get more industry exposure. I have found that this format lends itself well to bringing in guest speakers, who now don’t have to take time off of work to speak to my class over Zoom.

Additionally, I have taken extra time this year to integrate new technology into my classroom. I have spent more time than usual teaching my students about digital citizenship and how to use various online platforms that I previously overlooked during traditional classroom learning.

What creative things have you done to make teaching more enjoyable?

In order to make teaching more enjoyable and impactful for both my students and myself, I have focused on making all of my curriculum accessible in an asynchronous format for my students. This has resulted in a shift to more project-based learning. All of my assignments are posted on Canvas (or school’s learning management system) along with supporting documentation and recordings of my class sessions. While this is not required by my school, I feel passionately that every one of my students should be able to access my curriculum on their own schedule. This has helped to address the opportunity gap and resulting achievement gap in my classroom. While no system addresses this perfectly, I have found this to be a good start!

This solution along with a very flexible late work policy makes teaching more enjoyable because I know that my students educational needs are being met, even if their home situation or work schedule prevents them from fully engaging in live Zoom sessions or turning in work on time. It also helps me answer a lot of common questions from students, families and administration that many educators are currently facing.

Are you getting any breaks?

The short answer is no. When life gives you lemons, sometimes you just have to work really hard to make lemonade. I am giving it my best shot and hoping that I come out of this pandemic stronger than I was at the beginning.

The thread I hear from all of them is that they are doing their best to infuse the class to the best of their ability as they are struggle to find ways to take care of themselves. We are so blessed to have their committment and dedication to serve our youth.

Thank you all for your time and contribution! I know that this took time you don’t have much of but we are all extremely grateful to you. I know I personally am and I can assure you my readers will be as well!

Bless you and bless us all!

Thanks for Reading, liking (if you do of course), commenting and or sharing,

❤️

Cindy

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98 thoughts on “Teachers of the Apocalypse

    1. Thanks so much Preeths! I’m glad you liked it! I too am in awe of their dedication and I think they will be pleased to see their efforts awcknowledged by all of your comments. Thank you and have a great day! ❤️ Cindy

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  1. Teachers are so crucially important, they shape our future!!!! In my opinion, they should definitely make better salaries. Thank you for celebrating teachers as you so lovingly did here. So much love to you and ALL of the the teachers out there, working tirelessly and selflessly ❤❤❤

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    1. Dear Maria!
      It is so true, teachers shape our future and their salaries need a boost! If we coud do away with the unions that would help. You are so welcome, I truly wanted to give a shout out to everyone of them for their service and I know they will appreciate you kind words and awcknowledement. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!!
      ❤️❤️❤️ Cindy

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  2. Hey Cindy….
    Thanks for sharing this post….your daughter and the rest of the lovely ladies here are doing a great job without getting the appreciation they deserve…..may God give them the grace to continue imparting knowledge and values to all their students….I must have my cousin look at this post( she’s a teacher)

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    1. Thanks so much Ruelha for you taking time to see them and your kind words as you are sooo right about the great job they are doing!
      Here’s to your cousin for her hard work too!!! What’s her name? Yes, they need to remember those blessings right now as they continue the good work! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Cindy

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      1. Here is s shout out to Alina!!!!! Thanks for your work blessing our students and all the work you do!!! Your cousin is proud of you and so are we! ❤️🤗❤️🤗❤️ Cindy

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  3. All the teachers are working their level best and pouring their hearts to teach their students, they really deserve appreciation and honor.🙏🙏
    I really want to appreciate your efforts in presenting such excellent post dedicated to teachers. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻💕🤗

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    1. You are soooo right Dulcy! Thanks for seeing this and your very kind affirmation of their work and thank you for appreciating me as well! You are so kind to always see the best in all of us. Bless you friend! ❤️🤗❤️🤗🙏Cindy

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    1. You are so welcome and thanks for reading! They really are!! You are sooo right about that and I’m sure they will appreciate your seeing them and your comment. ❤️❤️❤️
      Thanks Star Anna! ❤️ Cindy

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  4. Kudos to all the teachers for fulfilling their set of challenges and accomplishing their responsibilities so well!! 👏😊 Thank you so much Cindy for sharing with us some of the stars and coming up with this idea to acknowledge them is really great 👍❤️ Take care, love and hugs❤️💖🤗🌺🌷

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  5. Cindy, it is wonderful that you honored these teachers. Teachers don’t get nearly the recognition they deserve. Unfortunately COVID has made their difficult job even harder. It’s touching to hear what they are experiencing. Great questions.

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    1. Oh thanks so much for taking time to read this and comment with your wise words of wisdom. It is sooo true and I’m so glad they took the time to share it. Yeah, I truely feel bad for them. Especially the younger ones trying to wade through all of this without the freedom you and I have know. So thankful you enjoyed it. ❤️ Cindy

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  6. I also have friends who are teachers. I haven’t heard from them until now, but I know they were also suffering like the teachers interviewed here..
    Keep fighting to all of our teachers! ❣️🤗💪🏻👍🏻

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    1. Oh wow Roselyn. I’m glad they reached out and sahred with you. It’s easy to forget how overwhelmed they are and it’s so good to awcknowledge that for teachers and our front line worked as well. Here’s to your friends and all teahers everywhere.
      I like your cheer!! ❤️❤️ Fight, Fight, Fight! How did you know that is my Wed post.. lol 🤣❤️ Cindy

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  7. Thank you Cindy, you are the best! I am in awe of all these teachers that are working with so many students in this “new normal”. We have great teachers who are giving 100% and more to their students. We appreciate them so much!

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    1. You are so welcome Angela and thank you for being one of our blessings here today who give so selflessly. I said it in this post and I’ll say it again.. YOU AMAZE me with your stamina, heart, love, giving and all you do!!!
      Hey, did you notice the “PPE” under your pic? Had to do.. it made me laugh🤣🤣🤣 Love you so ❤️ Cindy

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  8. Wow, Cindy, what a lovely tribute to these teachers and teachers everywhere. This is such a stressful time, and teachers are certainly demonstrating their huge value to the functioning of every family. It will be a wonderful day when school can resume safely again… for everyone. Thanks for the wonderful post about our community heroes. 🙂

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    1. Thanks for your very kind read and comment Diane!!! Yes, to the teachers everywhere is right. It sure is stressful and I think they are all anxious for the reopening at the right time. You are so welcome, I so glad you enjoyed the post!!!❤️ Cindy

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  9. Kudos to our teachers for their immense hard work fulfilling their responsibilities with utmost sincerity. ❤️ It’s great of you Cindy to share with us about these awesome teachers and coming up with the idea of posting this beautiful word of appreciation for them. 🌷🌺❤️
    Love and hugs ❤️🤗❤️🤗
    P. S. I am posting this twice as my first comment is not published 🙃

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    1. Yes indeed Samreen and I wish I could include them all!!! I’m so glad you enjoyed hearing about them and I so much appreciate your wonderful words and I’m sure all teachers everywhere do as well! Big hugs and always love back at you!!! ❤️❤️🤗❤️

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  10. Great post Cindy! So nice to acknowledge these wonderful individuals. It’s a challenging time for sure and we are all doing our best.
    I know they will all be excited to have classrooms back to normal. 😀

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    1. Thanks Beck! I wish I could acknowledge them all. Everyone is for sure doing their best right now Beck, including all of you parents. Yes, I think everyone will like when the kids are back for sure! ❤️🤗

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  11. Great post, so interesting meeting all of those dedicated human beings .what love they radiate. Excellent interview and a lot of work on your part as well. 🙏😇❤️

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    1. Thank you so much Marlene. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Yes, they do shine and radiate light and love. Thanks for noticing my contribution.
      Be well and take good care!🤗❤️❤️🤗❤️ Cindy

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  12. Cindy, Awesome post! ❤ What a massive undertaking! Distance learning in its many variations is an overwhelming, challenging task for all involved…students, parents, and teachers. Your wonderful interviews explored so many aspects of this "Brave New World! 🙂 Though we may return to more normal times, the skills learned and the insights gained will probably have a lasting impact on education.

    Flexibility, innovation, technical expertise, extra preparation time, and partnership with parents are some of the many increased demands being made on teachers. Many of these teachers have children of their own whose learning at home needs to be overseen. What a dedicated and creative group of teachers! ❤

    I especially like what one teacher said about fostering social interactions among her students. Such sensitivity to the plight of students isolated from their peers! ❤ She acknowledges and accommodates the needs and feelings of her stidents. If there is one thing a teacher can do to make her job easier, it is to build rapport with and among students.
    Everyone performs better when they know that they are among friends.

    Cindy, thank you for this wonderful article that celebrates everyday heroes… your beautiful daughter, your clients, friends, and neighbors. This is really excellent! Have you considered submitting it to a newspaper or education magazine?

    Kudos, Cindy! Bravo to the teachers who participated! ❤ Take care! Cheryl

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    1. Who better would appreciate this more than you Cheyrl being a teacher for so many years and givining so much of yourself to the welfare of our children.
      Thank yhou so much for your very knid and heartfelt comments. As I was writing if I thought you would really enjoy the post.
      I too feel for all of them and needing to go above the call of duty and learn so many technical skills in the process. I like that.. In the Brave New World. Yes indeed and I too thing we are learning a new paradigm for our future. I so much agree with you that rapport is eveything which makes it tricky behind to the screen, especially if they don’t put their video on.
      Boy, it makes one so appreciative of what they are going through, along with the parents and the kids.
      Thank you so much for reading and your most kind response Cheyrl!!! You are so welcome. I’m so glad you appreciated it and enjoyed all of the stories from my daughter and special family members, friends and clients. What a great idea to submit it. Maybe I’ll inquire.
      Yes, Kuddos to the teachers and to you Cheryl for taking the time to respond. Have a great rest of the week!
      ❤️ Cindy

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    1. Yes, all while trying to navigate her own social interaction which is about nil right now. So inspiring and I feel bad for the young teachers. Hopefully, it will be a time in history they will learn a lot in which will shape their future and ours moving forward. I don’t envy them right now but this can’t last forever, even though it’s hard to keep that perspective. Thanks Cheryl!

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  13. Cindy – well Done on this post! Shout out to teachers and all that – but also this great humanity experience kind of post.
    Really got a feel for the diverse personalities and experiences during COVID

    Love the eyes sculpture and cheers to cat grandma
    😊☀️

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    1. Oh thanks so much Yvette!
      Yes, to one and all of them including the male teachers. I just realized I didn’t have one!!! Oops!
      You are so welcome and it sure is a challenging time for teachers right now. It’s tough on the students and teachers as well!
      Yes, Lauren is quite talented!
      Oh thanks! He has an eye infection so hopefully he’ll meet my pack soon! I so much appreciate your reading and your comments. ❤️
      🙏 Cindy

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  14. I’ve always had respect for teachers and these demanding times my respect for them has increased to many folds. Not many of the teachers are familiar with the conundrums of using a laptop but they still do and with their great dedication they have made it possible for their students to continue learning. It really pains me sometimes when I see students pranking their teachers on zoom class. It’s disrespectful and to another low level. Calling your teachers name has never done good nor will it do. Excellent post Cindy. Thank you so much for sharing. Hope all the teachers that you have mentioned here are safe. 😇

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    1. This is such a wonderful share Kumar and I do hope teachers everywhere listen to what you have to say. You’re right on the technology side of things, as it has moved to a whole new level of learning. There is no way to have much accountability with the students and pranking unfortunately, but they can kick them out which is good. You are so welcome and thanks for reading this Kumar and your very kind comments. Here’s to them and to all teachers everywhere. You be safe as well.
      ❤️Cindy

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    1. You’re so right Dwight! Yes, they are all quite special and dedicated to their profession! Hopefully, they’ll be readng your comments. Thanks for your kind comments.. Hopefully. they are reading them.

      ❤️

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  15. I give you a like and like your effort for your posts. but there is too much text for me. I have poor eyesight despite reading glasses. i need a magnifying glass for this text. sorry, but an interesting blog.

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