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Teacher of the Month: Approaching the School Year with Flexibility

While the back-to-school season may be different this year, fifth-grade math and reading teacher Hannah Sidebottom exemplifies the continuous hard work by teachers to support their students’ learning. Sidebottom shares in what ways she anticipates class needs may change or remain the same, and how the public and programs like SONIC’s Limeades for Learning can help teachers and students at this time.

  • Location: Versailles, Missouri
  • Subjects: Math and Reading
  • Grade Levels: 5th
  • Years Teaching: 7

1. How have your classroom needs changed given the pandemic?

My classroom needs have changed given the pandemic in a more virtual way. Being able to adapt lessons to be online and make it a smooth transition from in-school to online has been the biggest change in my classroom.

2. How can programs and community members best support teachers now?

Right now teachers just need grace and patience. We are all in this together and doing the best we can.

3. How do you anticipate your needs will change during the school year, and how are you preparing?

I anticipate things changing throughout the year, whether the pandemic limits us in school or things can go back to the norm. The needs in my classroom though will always be the same in that I need supplies, books, etc., to help my students reach their full potential.

I am preparing for the school year in a more emotional and mental way. Being ready to take on the change and be ready for the unknown is what I feel is most important right now.

4. What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is being able to influence the future. As a teacher, I am giving children the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in life.

5. What is your favorite project that has received funding from SONIC Drive-In, and why?

I do a classroom book a day and SONIC took on a big role in getting that funded. Being able to provide more social and emotional books to my classroom library was such a blessing!

6. What advice do you have for fellow educators during this time?

To take it day by day, and that we may not be able to control every situation and its outcome, but you can control your attitude and how you deal with it.

7. Why are programs like Limeades for Learning important to public school teachers like you?

Programs like Limeades for Learning are important because it shows us the support we need and helps us provide for our students. It takes a village to raise a child. We are that village!