Misty Grandel, Fordland teacher and Missouri’s 2020 Teacher of the Year, is expressing concerns about schools reopening in the fall.
Grandel posted on Twitter a series of nine statements that express her views about the reopening of classes this fall. Here is her posting in its entirety:
- I cannot wait to be back with students. I miss them every single day.
- I’m scared I’ll die or be debilitated for the rest of my life.
- There is no replacing in-person instruction, no matter how hard we try.
- I’m afraid for my students and my own children.
- Students need the regular schedule, meals, interaction, and the love they receive at school.
- Budget cuts and rising cases are making it seemingly impossible to be safe on school campuses.
- My students need the opportunities to be social and build resumes that can come only from open schools.
- There is no “winning side” for our students. They will be sacrificing no matter what we do.
- We must chose to do our best and love our students in the situation we are given.
Grandel has been a teacher for 25 years.