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  • May 17, 2020

    Menlo Park Academy teacher keep skids connected with virtual “lunch bunches”

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    Ohio’s prolonged school closure has left many area schools scrambling to stay connected with students. Danielle Dachtler, a Brecksville resident teaching grades two through four at Cleveland’s Menlo Park Academy, is employing a creative approach to build and nurture the relationship between teacher and student. “Lunch bunches” -- virtual sessions with her pupils -- allow Dachtler to maintain a personal and intellectual connection to her gifted students during the coronavirus pandemic.

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  • May 20, 2020

    Rio Rancho teacher builds stage in front yard for graduates to hold mini ceremonies

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    For mother Carmen Rotert, this would have been her last high school send off. Her four boys, are now all adults. So, like always, a mom did her best to make things better. Krystal Cunningham, a Rio Rancho Public Schools teacher and mom with three graduates—two of them high school seniors—built a stage in her front yard so her community could have mini ceremonies.

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  • April 22, 2020

    Bloomington teacher goes above and beyond to help student learn

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    A teacher in Bloomington is getting noticed for going above and beyond to help a student who was struggling to learn virtually.Diane Siddons is a fifth grade teacher at St. Charles Catholic School.When one of her students was having issues grasping her math assignment through e-Learning, Siddons decided to pay her a visit.The student’s mother says Siddons asked if she could stop by and came equipped with a chair and her white board. Siddons then sat and taught from the yard while the student remained on the porch.

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  • April 22, 2020

    Downers Grove gym teacher takes his classes to his students’ driveways

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    Rain or shine, snow or 70 degrees, Joe Schallmoser suits up in uniform and hits the pavement. Schallmoser is the gym teacher and athletic director at Avery Coonley School in Downers Grove. For the past 15 consecutive days — weekends included — he’s visited his students and fellow staff members, stuck at home because of the coronavirus, and conducted a traveling gym class.

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  • May 7, 2020

    Shenandoah Elementary teacher going above and beyond

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    Shenandoah Elementary fourth-grade teacher, Nicole Montgomery, is teaching her students from a distance and not in a way you might expect. Distance learning has gone the digital route for many local teachers, but Mrs. Montgomery decided that some in person time would be beneficial for her students. The fourth-grade teacher decided to make local porches and driveways her classroom.

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  • April 21, 2020

    Connecticut drama teacher hosts shadow puppet shows

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    3 times a week, Jane Martineau prepares shadow puppet shows— to the cars that arrive at her home and the people 6 feet apart in her front lawn. Martineau is the director of theater at The Williams School in New London and in one of her classes she was teaching how to do shadow puppet shows from home and she figured why not do her own?

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