Updated: January 26, 2022 03:12 PM
Created: January 26, 2022 03:11 PM
WYNANTSKILL - Being a teacher has never been easy, but imagine teaching 4th and 5th graders at the same time, in the same classroom, during the middle of a pandemic. That's reality for Megan Jeffers, a teacher at St. Jude the Apostle School in Wynantskill.
"I know for a lot of people, they hear combined classroom, and it's that moment of how do you do it?" Miss Jeffers explained.
Miss Jeffers had previously taught a combined classroom at a different school, and when she found out her assignment at St. Jude, she got to work. She created lesson plans for both grade levels, while also designing activities for everyone to get involved in. The students favorite? The science experiments.
"My favorite one was when we did the baking soda and when we put it in a plastic bottle and there was baking soda in the balloon and vinegar in the cup. You would put the balloon on, and it would blow up the balloon," explained Noah Casale, a 5th grade student in Miss Jeffers' class.
It's a challenge that many would not want to take on, but she has embraced the opportunity.
"I have the flexibility to move a child back to maybe a 4th grade refresher lesson," Jeffers explained. "I get to see the lightbulb moment. It's also rewarding because the kids who need a challenge, I can give them that push."
When she's not teaching, you'll likely find her taking a professional development course, or cheering on her students at their baseball game, making sure each one of them knows they always have someone in their corner.
"She is so sweet. She is so kind. She never yells at us, and it just makes me feel like I belong in school," said Ryan Kendrick, a 4th grader in Miss Jeffers' class.
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