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COMIC: 'Radiating Love And Positivity' While Teaching In The Pandemic

It's been a year since teachers were handed an unprecedented request: educate students in entirely new ways amid the backdrop of a pandemic. In this comic series, we'll illustrate one teacher's story each week from now until the end of the school year.

Episode 5

Shameem Patel, a second-grade teacher in Dallas, on personal growth and loss — and the skills needed to get through the pandemic

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"One day, I looked in the [Google Meet] chat box, and one of my students was like ... Hi, I worked out the problem and I did it on my Jamboard. And I was like ... What is The Jam Board? And this little 6-year-old was like ... I'll share it to your email — which is another skill they have developed —and I was like ... Oh my gosh, OK!"
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LA Johnson
LA Johnson is an art director and illustrator at NPR. She joined in 2014 and has a BFA from The Savannah College of Art and Design.