A first grade teacher from Dublin has stayed positive for her students, and it has earned her an article in the state educator magazine ‘Page One’.
DUBLIN, Ga. — The pandemic has taken a toll on many people, especially educators, but a first-grade teacher in Dublin has stayed positive for her students, and it earned her an article in Educator Magazine. “Page One” state.
It is a magazine published by the “Professional Association of Educators of Georgia”. The theme of this issue “Supporting Hope in Difficult Times”.
Kimlyn Fernandez is a first year teacher at the Irish Gifted Academy in Dublin.
“It’s not just a job, we’re investing in the life of our future,” she said.
She says the pandemic has made her job much more difficult.
“We were down, some teachers and substitutes wouldn’t come in, and we just had kids in class,” Fernandez said.
They have moved from distance learning to in-person learning, including hybrid students.
“Whether it was a child learning part-time at home or ‘what did they learn when they were out?’ Or if they quarantined and came back,” Fernandez said, but that wasn’t the only challenge she faced.
Fernandez shares a classroom with another teacher. In October, this teacher contracted COVID-19, so Fernandez took two full classes on her own.
“It was really hectic because no two days were alike,” she said, but Fernandez says that ultimately forced the collaboration.
“The older kids were helping the younger ones, just this cooperative learning,” she said, and it taught her a new way of teaching that helped her students connect and learn.
“It’s almost miraculous to see the things that the students teach themselves, because sometimes it goes beyond what we are even able to teach them because they think outside the box,” she said. .
Camden Guyton, a first year student at Gifted Academy in Fernandez’s class, said, “She shows us how much she cares about us by protecting us and trying to get us to work quietly.”
His message to other teachers is, “Have you done your best for your students? Do you like them? Are they safe? Do they know you care? she said.
Fernandez says she hopes that as we come out of the pandemic, we won’t lose that personal and relational part of education. She says it’s important for children to learn and grow together.