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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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  • April 27, 2020

    Osceola County teachers hold caravan to surprise middle school student on birthday

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    Even as schools are closed, local teachers are still showing support for students outside of the classroom. When teachers and staff from P.M. Wells Charter Academy in Osceola County found out one of their students was not able to throw a party for his birthday, they decided to bring the party to him. Volunteers formed a caravan and drove by the middle school student’s house to surprise him for his birthday.

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  • April 26, 2020

    Virtual prom continues tradition for Madonna Learning Center

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    Canceling prom was not an option at Madonna Learning Center. Students in junior high, senior high, the adult program and some teachers look forward to an evening of dancing each year, and Madonna instructors wanted to make sure the celebration was held. Planning a socially distanced prom came together quickly. “We knew a virtual prom was the only way we could pull this off,” she added.

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  • March 31, 2020

    ‘I had to tell them how proud I am of them’: NJ teacher finds creative way to visit students

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    Coronavirus wasn't going to stop Ms. P from seeing her students. Marina Porporino, better known as Ms. P at Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology, was yearning for her 24 third-grade students. On March 24, she found a way to say hello and drop off some schoolwork.

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