NM schools dealing with increased educator vacancies

Elizabeth Schilling- Photo Courtesy of Elizabeth Schilling

Adam Evarts / NM News Port Elizabeth Schilling looks at her watch: 8:47 a.m. The school day is three minutes away. It has been four months since she took over this kindergarten class after the teacher that began the year resigned. In front of her are 12 desks for her in-person learners, all six feet… Continue reading NM schools dealing with increased educator vacancies

APS Transitions Back to In-Person Learning, Experimenting As They Go

Kathryn Tkach’s socially distanced classroom at Bellehaven Elementary School. Photo courtesy Kathryn Tkach

By Isabella Baca | NM News Port During the pandemic teachers had to find creative ways to transition from teaching in person to teaching remotely and back again—but different. Although some parents have opted out of face-to-face meetings, choosing to have their children continue distance learning, most APS students went back to school in April.… Continue reading APS Transitions Back to In-Person Learning, Experimenting As They Go

After Much Anticipation, New Mexico High School Football Returns

Tyler Braunhardt / NM News Port After a six-month delay, New Mexico high school football finally returned this spring.  The New Mexico Activities Association voted in 2020 to move fall high school sports to a tentative late-winter/early-spring start. And months of uncertainty, Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham decided in February that the state’s COVID numbers had dropped enough… Continue reading After Much Anticipation, New Mexico High School Football Returns

Family proximity quells pandemic baby blues

Dane Vaughn / NM News Port In the weeks preceding the birth of her daughter Oakley, Brianna Tower was separated from her husband by restrictions brought on by the virus outbreak. Days after giving birth in San Antonio, Texas, Tower moved to Albuquerque in order to be closer to her family. “I did end up… Continue reading Family proximity quells pandemic baby blues

Happy, Worried, Relieved

Provost James Holloway explains UNM's steps towards opening up the campus safely this fall semester. Noah Solomon via zoom

Noah Solomon / NM News Port Ellie Aikman’s UNM experience has been a whirlwind since last spring. She was frustrated when she received the email over spring break 2020 to return to Hokona Hall to collect her belongings by March 26 before they were donated to Lobo Reclaim. “[I] got the email that said ‘hey,… Continue reading Happy, Worried, Relieved

In Their Own Words: What children think about online learning and a school year lost to COVID – Zuni Pueblo and Navajo Nation

Brothers Elishah (age 13, left) and Makai Tsosie (age 14, right) take a break from their chores on the family ranch at Lake Valley, NM, and enjoy some horseback riding. Photo by Curtis Ray Benally.

This is the third in a series of articles that ask students in the region how they feel about school during the pandemic. Today we hear from students from Zuni Pueblo and the Navajo Nation. By Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi Photography by Don J. Usner and Curtis Ray Benally Not far from the Shiprock pinnacle on… Continue reading In Their Own Words: What children think about online learning and a school year lost to COVID – Zuni Pueblo and Navajo Nation

Zoom Fatigue Adds to Pandemic Stresses

By Noah Solomon Struggling focus in front of a computer screen, feeling disoriented in front of a fuzzy camera, mourning the loss of social and physical interaction with others. These are the symptoms of Zoom fatigue, which some students say they’re experiencing since UNM moved classes online last spring. “For some reason, it feels so… Continue reading Zoom Fatigue Adds to Pandemic Stresses

New Mexico opens vaccine eligibility to everyone 16+

By William Jennings / NM News Port The New Mexico Department of Health expanded vaccine eligibility today to all New Mexicans 16 years and older.   New Mexicans interested in receiving the shot must register online with the NMDOH who will then contact them when there are shots available.  The state will continue to prioritize vaccines… Continue reading New Mexico opens vaccine eligibility to everyone 16+