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“We went through what felt like an all-out war.” Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, former Michigan House of Representatives member, former teacher, current Detroit School Board member, and Director of Academic Outreach at Team Wellness Center is in a unique position to explain the realities of learning in the time of COVID.
The coronavirus created unprecedented hardships in education for students, teachers, parents, and policy makers. This week we hear from multiple perspectives how the pandemic affected academia and mental health.
“Life happens. The best way you can deal with it is being there for the people that you love.” Frank Blackman, Jr. only graduated from high school this year. Yet his resiliency and the compassion he expresses for students and how they dealt with the trials of COVID show he is wise beyond his years.
“Everyone felt brand new; everything we knew went up in smoke.” Jennifer Hindo shares the difficulties of teaching during the pandemic, and how it’s forever changed the way she runs her class…for the better.
“Most parents were literally losing their minds with trying to balance it all. Most parents did not like being the teacher at home.” Marli Blackman experienced firsthand the difficulties that COVID created for parents, but also the incredible resourcefulness and independence students like her son demonstrated through the crisis.