Muscle Shoals teacher excited for virtual students to return to the classroom

Muscle Shoals teacher excited to return in person

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WAFF) - Students are slowly getting back into school, whether that’s in the classroom, online from home, or a little of both.

It’s not just students though.

Some teachers who have been working from home are returning to campus, too.

Since the beginning of the school year, Holly Moody has been splitting her teaching time between the classroom and the computer.

“I love being able to interact with my students and teach them something new about life or about the English language they may have never known before,” said Moody.

Twenty percent of the students at Muscle Shoals have been learning virtually. Moody has been teaching some of those students, and still teaching in the classroom, but in just a few short weeks all of her students will be back in the classroom.

“There’s nothing like being in the classroom and having a classroom teacher so I do know that there are lots of eager students to come back,” said Moody.

While many students and teachers have had to pivot ways of learning, she said one thing that virtual learning has taught her is resilience.

" I really doubted myself. I doubted them and over the semester, they can do anything they put their mind to and me as a teacher I can do anything I put my mind to. I really had to go outside of the box,” said Moody.

She has also learned her students are resilient, too.

“It’s been crazy circumstances and there’s going to be gaps but our goal is by the end of this semester to have these students prepared for the next grade, whatever that may be,” said Moody.

Moody is most excited to build personal relationships with her students in person when many students return to the classroom on January 19th.

“When I am looking at them through the screen it can be really challenging. I know their name and I see their face on a computer but its hard to get that full personality,” said Moody.

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