How teachers are coping during the pandemic school year

Even before the school year began, Jessyca Mathews felt drained. She has taught high school English for 20 years, but this year so much seemed unknown and unknowable. Because of the pandemic, her Michigan school district has chosen remote learning for students for the foreseeable future. But teachers are still required to teach from school, and when she returned to begin the year, Mathews, 43, was struck by the loneliness of this new reality and a sense of how much could be lost.

Jessyca Mathews, an English teacher at Carman-Ainsworth High School in Flint Township, Mich., in the classroom where she is teaching students remotely.

She wrote in her journal that day:

There are no lights on in my hallway. Figures of co-workers move like apparitions haunting abandoned buildings, each disappearing into their classroom. I panic at the drab ambiance of my working space. It makes me think of all

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Hoffman Estates instructor named Special Education Teacher of the Year

Hoffman Estates High School Special Education teacher Katie McGarvey has been named the 2021 Illinois Special Education Teacher of the Year.

McGarvey was told of her selection during a meeting with Principal Michael Alther, District 211 Superintendent Dr. Lisa Small, and representatives from the Illinois State Board of Education on Sept. 21.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

As part of this year’s Teacher of the Year program, the Illinois State Board of Education added three new categories, including Bilingual Teacher of the Year, Early Childhood Teacher of the Year and Special Education Teacher of the Year. With these additions, McGarvey became the state’s first Special Education Teacher of the Year recipient.

McGarvey said she was shocked when she was notified that she had been selected.

“I am so honored to have been selected,” McGarvey said. “This was incredibly unexpected. I am glad to have the opportunity to represent Hoffman Estates and District 211.”

Hoffman Estates

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Edmonton Catholic asks families to commit to in-person or online learning for remainder of school year

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In a Monday letter to parents and guardians, chief superintendent Robert Martin said the decision was made to ensure consistency in instruction and learning.

“We understand that this plan is very different than what we had shared in August…we maintain that our schools are safe and in-person learning is going to provide the most complete learning experience for our students,” Martin wrote.

Quarterly changes three more times throughout the school year could have led to students having a different teacher two or three times, which could be disruptive to learning, Cusack said.

“We didn’t feel that was in the best interest,” said Cusack. There are approximately 30,000 students learning in classrooms throughout the division, and an extra 200 teachers have been hired at a cost of approximately $19 million – paid for in part by the federal safe restart funding of $15.6 million.

Edmonton Catholic also said

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Esther Hammer, 86, wins state adult ed volunteer of the year award

Kimberly C. Moore
 
| The Ledger

AUBURNDALE – Esther Hammer, 86, and her husband, Dr. Wray Hammer, began volunteering at the East Area Adult Education Center, a public school for grown-ups, more than 20 years ago.

Wray would help students with their higher-level math classes, while Esther, a former school teacher, would work with students in reading and math as a substitute and volunteer. 

And so it went for two decades for the high school sweethearts, who began going steady when they were 16 at Fort Lauderdale High School. They married after she finished at Florida State University, and she taught school for a few years while he attended medical school at Emory University in Atlanta. He landed a job in 1964 as an internist at Gessler Clinic in Winter Haven. Three children came along – Larry, Ann and Stanley – and eventually four grandchildren and one great grandchild. 

The

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USD 489 teacher honored as Special Ed Teacher of Year

Jerry Braun, HMS special education teacher, left, has been honored as the Kansas Special Education Professional of the Year by the Kansas Association of Special Education Administrators.

By CRISTINA JANNEY

Hays Post

Jerry Braun, Hays Middle School gifted teacher, was recently awarded the Kansas Special Education Professional of the Year by the Kansas Association of Special Education Administrators.

Braun was recognized at the Monday Hays school board meeting for his service to the district.

Braun has been a teacher for 24 years. He joined special education four years ago as the gifted teacher at HMS and Hays High School.

He also serves several other districts in the area as part of the special education coop.

“Jerry is an outstanding educator,” Kyle Carlin, special education coop director, said. “He also is very innovative in his classroom and his program.

“He is also a strong advocate for all students, not just the

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GCPS announces 2020-21 local teachers of the year |

Gwinnett County Public Schools announced its local teachers of the year Friday, the first step toward naming the 2020-21 Teacher of the Year.

In all, 139 teachers were named tops at their respective schools as voted on by their peers. Later this month, that group will be narrowed down to 25 semifinalists. From that group, six finalists will be chosen in early November.

On Dec. 10, the district will host a virtual celebration honoring the finalists and naming the Teacher of the Year.

“In light of the unique challenges our teachers faced this year, we wanted more than ever to show our love, support, and appreciation to our teachers,” Dr. Clay Hunter, assistant superintendent for Curriculum and Instructional Support, said. “These educators are the best of the best and they shine every day in the classroom, online, and in our community. Although the state suspended its Teacher of the Year

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Self-described ‘shy Korean boy’ grows up to become Utah’s 2021 Teacher of the Year

SALT LAKE CITY — A self-described “shy Korean boy,” John Arthur credits his junior high and high school teachers for helping him find his voice.



John Arthur, Utah’s Teacher of the Year, wears a special punk tuxedo jacket and gym shorts as he poses for a photo in his sixth grade classroom at Meadowlark Elementary School in Salt Lake City after learning of the award on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020.


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John Arthur, Utah’s Teacher of the Year, wears a special punk tuxedo jacket and gym shorts as he poses for a photo in his sixth grade classroom at Meadowlark Elementary School in Salt Lake City after learning of the award on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020.

“If it wasn’t for them, one, I might not have made it through high school, but two, I certainly wouldn’t be a teacher and I wouldn’t have the guts to say anything that’s on my mind or my heart,” said Arthur, addressing the Utah State Board of Education Thursday, moments after being name Utah’s 2021 Teacher of the Year.

Now in his eighth year of teaching, Arthur teaches sixth grade at Meadowlark Elementary School, a

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Salt Lake 6th grade teacher is Utah’s 2021 Teacher of the Year

SALT LAKE CITY — An unexpected visitor dropped by John Arthur’s sixth grade classroom at Meadowlark Elementary School Thursday.



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It was none other than State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sydnee Dickson, who popped in to tell Arthur he had been selected as Utah’s 2021 Teacher of the Year.

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Ordinarily, the winner is announced at a banquet. But in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is no ordinary school year.

Arthur was in the middle of an online lesson because the Salt Lake City School District started the school year with remote instruction.

“He was so worried about making sure that they (his students) were being taught while they were on. It was amazing to watch him manage everything while we were punking him,” Dickson said.

Arthur, addressing the Utah State Board of Education via Zoom later in the morning, said he was still in shock, describing the

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Roaring Fork Schools cultural diversity director named bilingual Leader of the Year by state organization

Amy Fairbanks
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Amy Fairbanks, director of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE) for the Roaring Fork School District, was recognized recently with a top statewide honor.

Fairbanks was recently named Educational Leader of the Year by the Colorado Association for Bilingual Education for 2020.

The award recognizes someone who “has distinguished themselves as an outstanding leader and advocate for emerging bilingual students and families and as an advocate for bilingualism, biculturalism, and biliteracy,” according to a press release. 

“We are extremely fortunate to have Amy as part of our instructional team. Under Amy’s extraordinary leadership, (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education) programming and emerging bilingual students in Roaring Fork Schools have benefited greatly,” Rick Holt, Chief Academic Officer for the district, said.

“Amy has not only improved academic programming and outcomes, she has successfully navigated the difficult adaptive challenges of influencing the ways people act to provide equitable access for

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D211 Post: Hoffman Estates Teacher Named Illinois Special Education Teacher Of The Year

September 29, 2020

Hoffman Estates High School Special Education teacher Katie McGarvey has been named the 2021 Illinois Special Education Teacher of the Year. McGarvey was told of her selection during a meeting between with Principal Michael Alther, District 211 Superintendent Dr. Lisa Small, and representatives from the Illinois State Board of Education September 21.

As part of this year’s Teacher of the Year program, the Illinois State Board of Education added three new categories including Bilingual Teacher of the Year, Early Childhood Teacher of the Year, and Special Education Teacher of the year. With these additions, McGarvey became the state’s first Special Education Teacher of the Year recipient.

McGarvey said she was shocked when she was notified that she had been selected.

“I am so honored to have been selected,” McGarvey said. “This was incredibly unexpected. I am glad to have the opportunity to represent Hoffman Estates and District

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