Quincy Community School teachers, like all in the state, have taken a crash course in remote teaching in the eight weeks since schools closed down.
Ron Olmsted, principal at Quincy, Jennings Elementary, said "Our teachers have come together in a way that couldn't be imagined. Their hard work and sense of responsibility toward students and parents has been incredible to watch.”
They are living the Jennings Elementary motto “Where Kids Count!” he said.
“This vision statement especially rings true as our teachers reach out to ensure their kids are safe and have everything they need to be successful in the time of crisis,” Olmsted said.
At the elementary level there more challenges with distance learning. Teachers create hard copy packets for students without technology and work to connect with students and parents through video conferencing and electronic as well as phone calls and emails.
“They are amazing,” Olmsted said.
Natalie Bean is in Miss Higgins’ kindergarten class.
“Miss Higgins is a fun teacher,” Natalie said. “I like going to school. I miss seeing Miss Higgins and my friends.”
Rylynn Faltesek is in Candice Helgesen’s second-grade class.
“My teacher is kind, Rylynn said.
But she likes doing school from home even though she misses her friends.
Alexis Reif is in Maureen Suever’s third-grade class.
“Mrs. Suever is fun and caring,” Alexis said. “I like going to school better than staying home. I miss my teachers and friends.”
Maison Johnson, a third grader, has Juli Gary for a teacher.
“Mrs. Gary is kind and helpful,” Natalie said. “I like doing school from home, but I miss recess and seeing my friends.”
Makenna Rice is in Sean McCoy’s fourth-grade class. She likes her teacher because he is fun, but she likes school at home. Except for missing her teacher and friends.
Katherine Smith is in Darren Skirka’s fourth-grade class.
“What I like about Mr. Skirka is that he is funny,” Katherine said. “I’d rather do my school work at school. I miss the specials, teachers and doing specials the most.”
Jade Eby is in Susan Mueller’s fourth-grade class.
“Mrs. Mueller is a great teacher because she is always there for you,” Jade said. “Going to school is better than staying home. I miss the teachers, my friends and recess.”
Collin Mcvicker, is a fifth grader in Erin Marshall’s class.
“Mrs. Marshall is fun,” Collin said. “I like going to school better. I miss everything about going to school.”
Quincy Middle School principal, Brandon Suever said, “I think our staff has done an amazing job working through all of the unknowns with this situation. Teachers had to do all of this work on the fly, while also managing their own kids at home.”
Teachers recurring concern is “they just want to know their kids are alright,” Suever said.
Brooke Hartman, is in sixth grade at the middle school
“Mr. Evans is my favorite teacher because he makes learning fun and I really enjoy doing science experiments,” Brooke said. “I like going to school more than doing online school. I miss being able to see my friends and my teachers”
Braylon Veysey is also in sixth grade.
“My teachers always help me when I am confused,” Braylon said. “I like going to school. It’s easier for teachers to help us and teach me when I don’t get something if I get confused. I miss my friends. It’s hard because without going to school I can’t really see them or talk to them much.”
Kaylea Veysey is a Quincy High School junior.
“My teachers this year care about everyone, always. Even before all of this, they were going out of their way to make everyone’s day a little better,” Kaylea said. “I definitely like going to school. Learning-wise, online is OK but it’s not the same without my goofy teachers really making us laugh or helping us personally to understand every topic. I miss my friends and teachers, seeing Jeff Powell everyday and just having that routine and place to be and learn.”
Suever said, “Homes around the country have turned into one-room schoolhouses, of sorts, so hopefully folks have a newfound, or rekindled, respect for the incredible things that teachers do each day.”