COVID 19 has brought waves of uncertainty throughout many communities. Historic London Town would like to take this time to record the voices of some in our community who have been deeply affected. In this series, we interviewed educators and restaurant workers within the community to gain their insight on how they have been affected by this global event.
Each year, over 5,000 students discover colonial history at London Town. Education is critical to our mission, so we have a particular love for teachers here. For today’s #CommunityConnections interview, we talked with Sara G., a local special education teacher.
What do you love about your job?
I love finding new ways to solve problems. Most of all I love working with my students.
What is the biggest challenge of your job?
Finding time to do all the things. Planning, paperwork, meetings, teaching, connecting with students and families.
What is the hardest part of the COVID-19 situation?
Getting back to work. I have been working really hard trying to sift through all the information that has been given to me and getting set up to try and continue teaching. It has been really hard to try and sort out how to get all my students the tools they need in order to get back to learning. On top of this families are dealing with a stressful and unprecedented situation in terms of education. It has been challenging to keep my cool and reassure others that it will all be okay.
When this all ends what are you most looking forward to?
Not worrying about where I am or who I am with. How close we are standing or if I am going to get sick. I guess just everyone not being so tense.
What can people do to help your community?
Comply with health guidelines. Remain calm and positive. Speak out to public resources if you feel like you are getting what you need.
Looking for more information or ways to help? Anne Arundel County government has created a resource page for COVID-19 information. This includes a donation page with a list of places where you can donate funds or goods to help the community as well as a volunteer page with information about how to help with your time.