Valley teacher shares inspiring work-life balance, incorporating her own kids into her work day

Posted at 7:29 AM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-18 10:29:02-04

PHOENIX — Remote learning has forced families to make life adjustments.

Jill Germroth teaches at Madison Simis Elementary School in Phoenix, but she's currently teaching from home. Her kids are in second and fourth grade, and they are also learning from home.

At first, the interruptions were tough but this veteran teacher found a way to get her kids involved in the teaching process.

“I’ve had to kind of think on my feet. A lot of the time the kids will come in ...maybe we’re doing a calendar, for example, so I might just grab one of the kids and...hand him our little pointer stick," says Germroth.

To include her kids, some of her lesson plans are taped during their lunch hour. This mom says added inspiration from her kids has the eyes of her students lighting up. She claims, “You can tell they’re just having fun. Give grace, be understanding, and compassionate."

She said, "I got an email from a parent simply thanking me. I’ve actually had a couple of those come my way and it filled my bucket. We all really need to be kind to each other and especially so right now.”