‘Grove Teachers Praised for Emotional Support

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Pottsgrove High teachers “have done a phenomenal job” providing educational and, perhaps more importantly, emotional support during the past 10 weeks of building closures due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Brenna Mayberry and Madison Palma, the two student representatives on the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors.

Asked during Tuesday’s (May 12, 2020) virtual board meeting for their observations on school life without being in school Mayberry, a graduating senior, admitted “it’s been crazy.” Seniors were “just counting down the days. We’re ready to be done with online learning” made necessary by Gov. Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home orders, she said.

But both she and Palma, a junior, had high praise for the way teachers have kept in individual touch with their learners. Palma said she believes the emotional caring exhibited by teachers is a prime reason why students seemed to have adjusted to and weathered disappointments created by the virus isolation.

Mayberry added students have helped themselves too, also by keeping in touch with each other through clubs, activities, and messages.

Superintendent Dr. William Shirk said he not only appreciated hearing the pair’s thoughts and compliments, but also understood dealing with the angst the pandemic had caused. “It’s like being on a roller coaster,” he said, “but you can’t even get off it.”

Monday (May 11) photo by The Post Publications