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Celebrating & honoring educators on World Teachers' Day

Posted at 4:12 PM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 17:03:13-04

It's always important to appreciate educators and the work they do, and if ever there was a time to appreciate teachers, it's this year.

In a worldwide pandemic, teachers are going above and beyond, to help students with remote learning and adjusting to health safety guidelines in the classroom.

One teacher is Julie Conti, an AP Government teacher at Niagara Falls High School.

"In March when it first happened we were thrown in to it. So the preparation was swift," she said.

The school is offering both hybrid and remote learning options, so Conti is teaching in person and online each day.

"It keeps you on your toes, you have a lot to manage in any one given day," said Conti.

And she had to take a different approach to planning the way she teaches her students, and utilizing the time she has with them.

"To how you reach those kids at home that you'll never physically see in person. And to make sure they're getting the same education and the same information that everyone that's in person is receiving," she said.

And over the summer, the school district has been making sure students have the technology they need, and providing teachers with online training.

"To be very honest, I haven't really had a break. All summer long it was a constant preparation for our reopening, it was also a constant training for ourselves. But to be very honest it's probably the hardest I've ever worked in my career," said Conti

Despite these challenging times, Conti said we can all get through it by doing the best we can every day.

"As teachers you're always wanting to give to your students, and do your best job. And you didn't get into this career for any other reason but to help kids," she said.