In 2007, Ms. Dillon joined the RCS community as a special education teacher at Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary. Over the next 8 years, she enjoyed working in that role, collaborating with the grade level teams and building relationships with her students. In 2015, as she continued her teaching career, she took an opportunity for a new professional challenge at Pieter B. Elementary as a supplemental reading teacher for students in grades K-4. She has taught in that role every year since, until this Fall when she was presented with another exciting challenge. She was offered with the opportunity to teach an all-remote section of first grade for the 2020-21 school year.
Over the past few weeks, she has joined her remarkable students in adjusting and settling into their new, unique school year. Ms. Dillon is transitioning not only to teaching a grade level classroom, but also translating their day-to-day curriculum into a virtual way of learning. “All of the families that I am working with have been wonderfully resilient and helpful as we navigate this world of remote teaching and learning together,” said Dillon.
An enthusiast for lifelong learning, Ms. Dillon is continuing to enjoy working with new technologies for her students virtual classroom.
“While it shouldn’t come as a surprise, I have been amazed at how quickly our students are adapting, including participating through Google Classroom and Google Meet, completing and turning in assignments virtually, and engaging in remote discussions,” she says.
“Together, we have overcome a few technology hiccups such as malfunctioning Chromebooks and spotty internet connections. Now, we are all feeling a bit more comfortable and settled in. I am excited about my new role and look forward to working with all of my remote students and families!”