Stagecoach Elementary Special Ed Teacher Jessica Saum works on spelling with Lilly Kittinger, 10, on Thursday, March 31, 2022. See more photos at (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Stephen Swofford)

The difficult profession of teaching was made harder by the covid-19 pandemic, but there are some positives to come out of the crisis.

That is the conclusion of four award-winning classroom teachers from east, west and central parts of Arkansas who recently marked the two-year anniversary of the pandemic’s beginning by talking about their work during the crisis and their views on the current state of teaching and learning.

The teachers’ memories and observations, which were shared in interviews with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, included that:

• “It was a huge learning curve,” Amy Farmer, Academies of West Memphis geometry teacher, said about doing both in-person and online teaching. “I don’t ever want to do it again, but we managed to be reasonably successful given the stress we were under.”

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