November 17, 2020
Robyn Lariviere teaches unified arts class, computers, at Biddeford Primary school. One of the most notable challenges she has faced during the pandemic: a computer lab with desktop computers that cannot be used.
When a layoff left Robyn unemployed, she started volunteering in her daughter's Kindergarten classroom and that’s where her teaching self discovery journey began. For 12 years, Robyn taught at St. James School before working in the Biddeford Public School district. This will be her 11th year at Biddeford Primary School.
Like most teachers, Robyn never anticipated the challenges brought on in 2020. She and 6 other educators travel in pods. Robyn teaches computers, and to mitigate the risk of the spread of covid and remain socially distant, each student has a tablet which they are learning on. “It’s been a lot of work,” said Robyn, “but we’ve found a solution that works. The students amaze me daily. This year has been impersonal, but despite that, the students have been exceptional and love coming to school.”
Uncertainty has been the crux of much anxiety; however, Robyn and her team rely on each other which has eased the burdens. Robyn hopes that the students, their families and the educators, faculty and staff remain safe, healthy and most importantly happy as they navigate the new normals of this school year and anticipate the 2021-2022 school year.
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