It’s officially summer for students all across Texoma! And for kids, you know what that means. Months of stress-free days filled with snow cones and swimming pools… but that’s not the case for everyone.
Arguably, it’s the teachers who are most deserving of having the time off after nine months of grading papers and conducting science experiments. But unfortunately, time off isn’t always in the cards at the end of the year.
“Most teachers probably feel it’s a little bittersweet,” Barwise Science Teacher Jennifer Parker said. “We are ready to spend time with our families and have a life outside of school, but we’ve also built a relationship with these kids that we’ve had for nine months.”
And while the kids head home in anticipation of sleeping until noon every day, Parker says there is still plenty of work to be done behind school doors.
“At the end of the year, I always try to reflect and think, what do i want to do better the next year?” Parker said.
And next year will be full of new things for Parker. She was selected to be part of the District’s Digital Pilot Program.
“There’s a select few of us that have been given the opportunity to fully implement technology into our curriculum,” Parker said.
That means extra training time this summer. This all comes after a year of adjustments for Parker, who was a teacher at Zundy before the consolidation of the two schools this year. However, Parker says the transition went well.
“I feel for the most part, the kids really enjoyed this year. It was a challenge on them, it was a challenge on the administration, it was a challenge on the teachers, but I think everyone closed this year with a good feeling and ready to start next school year.
So while students enjoy their freedom, teachers have some work ahead to ensure next year is another success. Parker is also in charge of reviewing the District’s Eighth Grade Curriculum.