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Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021 • Devynn Case :

For all their careful and meticulous planning, any teacher will tell you that each day in the classroom is going to look different.

However, during a pandemic in the teaching world, though, “different” is putting it mildly. But Mavericks—by definition, original, unconventional trendsetters—are uniquely positioned to succeed in classrooms that probably don’t look much like what they trained for. The spring 2020 graduates who earned their teaching certification through UTA’s College of Education stepped into their own classrooms across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, rising to the challenge of being first-year teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“If you can handle this, you can handle anything,” says Holly Hungerford-Kresser, associate professor of literacy studies and English education. “The brilliant part of this trial by fire with pandemic schooling is that it’s hard to imagine anything being more difficult. Teachers, students, families, and districts have never been through anything like this before.”

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