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Teaching During the Pandemic: Maine Teachers Facing Challenges Find Ways to Cope


The pandemic has caused great disruption to normal K-12 schooling, and teachers have borne the brunt of many of these changes. We’ll speak with educators about the problems they face, from staying connected to students to worrying about their own health. We will also hear about some of the innovative ways in which teachers have kept learning at the forefront during this crisis.


Doug Hodum, science teacher, Mt Blue High School; president, Mt. Blue RSD Education Association

Rebecca Cole, first grade teacher, Windham Primary School; local union president, Sebago East Shore Education Association; director for Maine, National Education Association

Jesse Hargrove, social studies teacher, Hermon High School; vice president, Maine Education Association

Laura Whitney, middle and high school choral music teacher, Gray New Gloucester School District


Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.