Photography by Owen Jones

Education is an unrelenting field under normal circumstances, but this year was certainly a challenge. Teachers had to build virtual classrooms while managing those opting for in-person instruction. If that wasn’t hard enough, they had to weather a winter storm that left students without power and internet access, sometimes for weeks. Here are just a few teachers in our neighborhood we admire.

Band director Andrew Balettie keeps the sound alive for his young musicians

The lights may have dimmed on live entertainment last year, but Bishop Lynch band director Andrew Balettie won’t let the music die. 

Balettie marched on when Bishop Lynch prohibited unmasked activities by special ordering music masks that students wear over mouthpieces to reduce aerosol particle emissions. 

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Thao Le finds real world statistics problem for students to tackle in local radio show

Many students have sat in math class questioning whether they’ll ever use a certain formula in their everyday lives. But statistics can be applied in any real-world situation. Just ask Woodrow Wilson instructor Thao Le. 

She tasked her students with calculating the success rate of getting a second date on the local radio program Second Date Update

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Jairus Mitchell leads the Warriors to their first football state championship in nearly 50 years

If there was ever a perfect time to launch a state championship bid, 2020 wasn’t it. While other private schools were scrimmaging on the gridiron, the Lakehill Preparatory School Warriors were running drills in a park under the supervision of team captains. 

The team didn’t have its first official practice until six weeks into the season. 

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