Miss Shoemaker Reflects on Laptop Distribution

By: Miss Shoemaker, Middle School Guidance Counselor

Although education has been flipped upside down in the past two weeks, I can’t even begin to describe how proud I am of my Tussey Mountain family.

I went into the building today to grab some items in preparation for going online and ended up spending my afternoon writing down serial numbers and wrapping up computer chargers. Even though my original plan quickly went out the window at the sight of students and their families wrapped around the sidewalk waiting to pick up laptops in the rain, I couldn’t have been more excited to lend a hand. Why?

Miss Taylor Shoemaker, Tussey Mountain Middle School Guidance Counselor

There were over 100 families that were willing to go out of their way today to ensure their kids will be successful in the next few weeks. Our administrators had gloves on and were on the front lines interacting with every family and answering questions. Our secretaries were answering phones nonstop and bending over backwards to make sure we had everything we needed. Our custodial staff was pushing computer carts back and forth. And although getting your entire curriculum online in a few days notice is no easy task, I didn’t hear a single complaint from any teacher that I saw today. I only saw an eagerness to learn new things so they can be effective for our kiddos as always.

Our school has essentially gone online and 1 to 1 with technology in days. That right there is the epitome of a growth mindset and flexible thinking–the exact traits that I spend lessons upon lessons trying to teach my kids. So thankful that they have such great role models.

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