Covid-19 has caused many issues this year for education majors.
Macie Napier has struggled with getting field experience to become an elementary school teacher. Restrictions to class sizes caused all observations to go online.
“In past semesters, we were able to go into schools and actually observe and work with the students,” said Napier, an elementary education major from Harlan County. “However, since COVID, this has changed. We have had to learn to adapt and make changes in order to still get in our hours.”
Education majors have been able to do their field experience virtually, by joining classes via ZOOM in Rowan County, tutoring and by watching different teaching style videos.
“I am doing my online hours virtually on campus at Morehead State,” said Napier. “I’m thankful that I am still given the opportunity to be able to be on campus and still get the chance to receive credit virtually.”
Napier chose to study education because she enjoyed helping people and being around kids.
“I thought what better way to combine the two then by going into teaching. It’s something I also wanted to pursue,” she said.
Napier’s classes have been cut in size and all students are required to wear masks to meet Covid-19 requirements.
“In the past semesters, we didn’t even have to wear masks,” she said. “In one of my classes, we had to be separated into two groups in order to be able to meet in person.”
Though the semester has been difficult for Napier, she has been happy on campus.
“Even though this semester has been different compared to past semesters, I am thankful we were able to come back to campus,” said Napier. “Morehead has done a wonderful job following protocols and making sure everyone stays safe and healthy. I believe it has been a good learning experience. In the end, I think it will make us stronger.”