LPS teachers think back and look forward to in-person school year

LPS gave us a peek into their classrooms for the first day of school and teachers say they are happy to start in person learning. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Today’s a big day for LPS students as they return to the classroom But it’s an even bigger day for their teachers.
LPS gave us a peek into their classrooms for the first day of school and teachers say they are happy to start in-person learning.

“I am so excited to be back for another year, it has been a challenge for all teachers,” said Kristen Page. And it’s, it’s our craft to be around students into to encourage them and help them and it’s hard to do that unless they’re here at school.”

The pandemic caused many teachers to adjust, learning new technology, trying to connect with students virtually. At Dawes Middle, a health and science teacher says she took precautions to protect her family.

“I have a two-year-old son and so we made a few adjustments to make sure that we could stay as safe as possible,” said Page. “Our family was concerned and but we all did, did what we could to, to stay safe.”

This year Page says she will continue to stay up on cleaning as all of her students are in-person students, learning hands-on skills like welding and working with wood products.
A health and science teacher says remote learning took a toll on students and he knows how excited they are to help with all the animals in his classroom.

“They get to talk to kids next to them,” said Kenneth Pyle. “So there, they feel a little bit more comfortable. I think now that they’re not just sitting at home. I’m sure on their end, it was a little bit difficult to with technology pieces and you know, keeping your computers charged and wi-fi and all that good stuff.”

Pyle says how the community can support teachers is to help students show up, it’s needed even in a pandemic.

“Students need to show up,” said Pyle Parents, bring your kids, bring them on time. Drop them off. Let him come in. We’re going to take care of them.”

Kristen says another way to help teachers is to listen to their concerns, be flexible, and be kind.

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