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How does this affect the phase of life you are in right now?

May 18, 2020


Jack Shields

A sign in downtown Excelsior announces Minnesota’s stay-at-home order as a result of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the nation.

Dr. Susan Skinner, Senior High Principal: “I’m in my mid-50s. My husband and I have been married for 33 years, and we have a 32-year-old daughter and a 29-year-old daughter… so our house is actually nice and quiet. So for me, not having grade school-age children at home is nice. I don’t mean that disrespectfully to people who have small kids, but I can’t imagine doing my principal job while also having kids at home. So in that sense, I’m feeling that I have it a lot easier. My husband and I, we have fun together. So that part feels easy. I’m down on our main floor, and he has his office up in our guest bedroom. We’ll have lunch together. So I have it pretty easy. But… my parents are old, and my mom has a lung disease, so she’s high-risk. So I just worry about them… we make them a nice home-cooked dinner every Sunday night. We used to have them over for dinner every Sunday night… now we have to make it and deliver it.”

Dr. Adam Ehrmantraut, President: “You know on a professional front, you really have to rethink education and the value proposition that a school like ours offers. You have to think about how you help people adapt to these circumstances. You know, my job, in particular, is about the broad-scale vision and direction of the school, and I work primarily with adults. So, that whole landscape has changed. All elements of that landscape have changed. So it forces you to think differently about literally everything you do.

Mallory Mathwig, Class of 2023: “It doesn’t really affect my life too much right now. Yes, I am missing out on the last bit of my first year in high school but that seems like nothing compared to how the seniors must feel.”

Sarah McGurl, Class of 2021: “I was expecting this semester to be the hardest of high school. First semester was super difficult and I wasn’t even in a sport yet and wasn’t taking the ACT, so I was preparing for the worst this semester. Now everything has gotten a lot easier mainly because I think teachers are being a lot more generous with how they are grading things. The ACT is another challenge right now; I am still doing prep since I don’t want to lose the progress I have made but nobody really knows when the test will happen.”

Ms. Anne Dougherty, Engineering Teacher: “Right now, my husband and my 5 children, ranging in age from 5-16, are all working and learning from home. We’ve had to create workspaces and office areas, even build new desks out of scrap wood.”

JoAnn Meyer, Parent: “We suddenly have five people needing to work and study in our house! Our biggest change was that our college freshman moved back home from Milwaukee. Then both of my husband and I are working from home, and our sophomore and 6th grader are obviously home now too.”

Mr. Tanner Stevens, Physics Teacher: “As a teacher, it certainly is…not what we signed up for, it’s not what we expected, …I do just miss though…as a teacher, one of the things I get the most joy out of is every day, just coming in, checking in with you guys, being like what are you up to today, what coffee did you get this morning…the little stuff is the important stuff…missing…how your lives are going and being there with you and experiencing it with you through the ups and the downs is something that I miss.”

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