StoryCorps: Under pandemic stressors, special ed teams vow to ‘put the children first’

"I hear that all the time, 'The children come first, the children come first,' " Fisher said. "We are going to put real muscle behind that statement," occupational therapist Debra Fisher, right, said in a StoryCorps interview with special education teacher Emma Pelosi.

“I hear that all the time, ‘The children come first, the children come first,’ ” Fisher said. “We are going to put real muscle behind that statement,” occupational therapist Debra Fisher, right, said in a StoryCorps interview with special education teacher Emma Pelosi.

Courtesy of Debra Fisher and Emma Pelosi

New York City public schools reopened part-time this past week, but preparing to get more than 1 million children back to school, whether in-person or virtually, hasn’t gone smoothly.

Last-minute schedule changes have left parents, teachers and students frustrated and confused.

Fortunately, Emma Pelosi and Debra Fisher, who work with young children with special needs in New York City public schools, have been able to lean on each other during the chaotic moments.

Pelosi, a special education teacher, and Fisher, an occupational therapist, work in two separate New York City public elementary schools, and met over Twitter a few months

Read More

Under Pandemic Stressors, NYC Special Ed Teams Vow To ‘Put The Children First’ : NPR

“I hear that all the time, ‘The children come first, the children come first,’ ” Fisher said. “We are going to put real muscle behind that statement,” occupational therapist Debra Fisher, right, said in a StoryCorps interview with special education teacher Emma Pelosi.

Courtesy of Debra Fisher and Emma Pelosi


hide caption

toggle caption

Courtesy of Debra Fisher and Emma Pelosi

“I hear that all the time, ‘The children come first, the children come first,’ ” Fisher said. “We are going to put real muscle behind that statement,” occupational therapist Debra Fisher, right, said in a StoryCorps interview with special education teacher Emma Pelosi.

Courtesy of Debra Fisher and Emma Pelosi

New York City Public Schools reopened part-time this week, but preparing to get more than 1 million children back to school, whether in-person or virtually, hasn’t gone smoothly.

Last minute schedule changes have left parents, teachers and students frustrated

Read More