Teachers Attempting to Bridge Distance

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Central’s teachers are attempting to bridge physical distance to reach their students; they’re also struggling with not being able to do what they normally do.

By Emily Hearn

Teachers are struggling alongside students with adjusting to new distance learning. Teachers are worrying not only about assignments and grades, but also about students’ well-being and access to material. Some teachers are stuck balancing parenting and teaching everyday. Teachers, who are naturally social beings, are trying their best to adapt to these new changes.

“It has been awfully tricky trying to be both a teacher and a mom with two boys at home,” says science teacher Heather Linde. Mrs. Linde has an 11 year-old and a three year-old, and keeping them busy while also working has been difficult for her. “I’m fortunate enough to have my husband working at home as well, so we can take turns meeting the needs of both our students and our children.”

Linde work space
Heather Linde’s new classroom (and old living room).

Many teachers are concerned about their students, and not just academically. “I find myself filled with anxiety at the idea of any student being without food, shelter, or safety, or needing someone to talk to but they are unable to,” says choir director Emily Carr. Because of this, teachers are finding it difficult to separate work from everyday life, and are always thinking about their students. “The hardest part for me is that I really worry about my students – do they have everything they need to be successful?” says Heather Linde. “I also have a difficult time turning it all off.”

Along with struggling to adapt, teachers, most of all, are missing their students. “I miss the magic that only happens in the classroom,” says Spanish teacher Pete Cabrera. “It’s that interpersonal human connection between students and teachers which keeps me coming back every year. That is what I miss.”

Photo: After School (Last year) by Justin S. Campbell on Flickr