Many of us who are parents have always recognized that it is a good thing our children have or had professional educators!  There is or was no way that we could encourage and guide and create joy during the learning process with a 7-year-old or a 13-year-old or a 17-year-old. But wow, that understanding reached a deeper level beginning last March with the onset of the pandemic.

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 Think about the challenges facing educators today, such as dealing with remote and in-person learning — at the very same time, supporting different learning styles, knowing students and families are facing food access issues, mask wearing, having their own kids also trying to learn, and so many other difficult issues.  And facing them all on the same day, every day!

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 We all are hopeful a vaccine will be found eventually, and we expect to return to ‘normal’ activities at some point.  But in the meantime, the lifelong learners of the Marine Mills Folk School community want to acknowledge the truly amazing effort that educators are putting in every day!  Many chose the teaching profession because they wanted to help students become the best that they can be.  Teachers and staff are frustrated that current conditions do not allow them to fully use the skills they have spent years developing.  Instead educators began scrambling last spring and continue to scramble, in order to teach and support their (and your) students.  Thank you, thank you, thank you, for making that effort to connect to your students and to help them continue to learn and flourish during this pandemic challenge.

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