The Effects of the Pandemic on Teachers

     Most people have been affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic in some way, maybe some more than others. Many people had different experiences throughout the pandemic. Many people’s lives have been turned upside down by this life-changing event. Teachers and students have had to go online and in person many times over the past couple of years. They have learned how to teach remotely and in person. 

     Trevor Parent is a high school adulting/leadership health teacher and Samantha Drost is a high school social studies teacher. Both have taught both pre- and post- pandemic.

Students and teachers learned how to adapt to the challenging times. They thought of new ways to keep people safe.

     Trevor Parent is a former student athlete. He graduated from the University of Maine at Presque Isle in 2007 with an exercise science degree. Trevor has been teaching at the high school level for five years, but has been in the education field for 15 years. He has some perspectives on the effects of the pandemic in school. “It has affected teaching profoundly in both positive and negative ways. It emphasized the social climate issues, such as feeding students, sheltering students and having a safe environment for students–in other words… keeping kids safe.” Trevor also said, “My relationships with my students have been positively affected. When the students came back for in-person learning, relationships were more valued.”