At Hillandale Elementary School, third-grade teacher Grace Scott is known for how well she juggles both her in-person and her online students.
Scott says taking a few years off from her career actually helped her better prepare to teach her students at this time.
Scott makes blended learning look easy, as she teaches about ‘sources of heat’ to a small classroom, and many more students online.
"Walk the line between engaging your students in person and your students online, and you really can’t let either of those drop," says Scott when asked what it takes to do her job well.
Scott says this kind of multitasking was a big part of her life during her ten years away from the classroom, homeschooling two of her three children, and teaching online for three years.
"I have learned to juggle a lot of plates, all at the same time, so that is part of normal for me, having three children of different ages, from eighth all the way down to kindergarten," says Scott.
Scott, who has always wanted to be a teacher, says it’s in her personality to survive whatever changes come her way.
"I’m very tenacious, and, so, whatever has to get done and and whatever has to be done, I’m going to figure out a way to do it."
Now her students are reaping the benefits of having a teacher known for her flexibility during the pandemic.
"She helps us, and, also she teaches us well," states student Sophie.
"She tries to make sure we have fun activities to learn," adds classmate Domonic.
Grace Scott is quick to point out, the supportive staff at Hillandale is key to helping her and her students succeed.
"I truly believe I would not have come back to teaching if I did not really believe in the place I was going to come back to."
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