Zenzile DaBreo-St. Hilaire, a kindergarten teacher in Brooklyn, has a response to those who attack teachers for being reluctant to return to the classroom amid the pandemic.
She loved being with her students before the coronavirus hit—hugging them and using dance breaks to liven up the day at P.S./I.S. 109, in East Flatbush.
"There is a lot of stigma around teachers not wanting to go back to work," she told me. "That's not true. We're actually working much harder at home than we were in the classroom. We would love to be back in the classroom and do that hands-on learning with our scholars, but we also want to be safe."
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Although many teachers have found remote instruction to be less effective than teaching in person, they are concerned about the public-health risks of a return to classrooms. Zenzile DaBreo-St. Hilaire, a kindergarten teacher in Brooklyn, has a response to those who attack teachers for being reluctant to return to [...]