CHANDLER, AZ — In a year most of us are hoping to forget, Sixth Grade Teacher Amanda Mumme is making this school year one to remember.
She transformed the avatars her students made for a comic book project into a holiday greeting card.
"I picked the winter wonderland and decided I want to do something nice for the kids because I don't get to see them," said Mumme.
"Mrs. Mumme," as her students call her, volunteered to teach for Chandler Online Academy this year after more than a dozen years in the classroom.
Her students say the surprise greeting card is much more than a holiday pick-me-up.
"It's such a cool way that we can figure out a way to make a class photo without all of us being there," said Grace Meshey.
"It's just nice that we could still have a memory from sixth grade," said Brooke Zang.
The card is a testament to their teacher's drive, using technology to keep them all together, even when forced to stay apart.
"She just taught us how to use all of them and now that we're all comfortable I feel like she will come up with more great ideas to use them," said Meshey.
"I just think Mrs. Mumme is being very patient with us," said Mackenna Murphy. "She'll let us redo assignments because we're getting familiar with all the websites we're using."
They are words that bring Mumme to tears.
"It's so nice to hear those things and I've been a teacher forever and you know, it feels like my first year of teaching again trying to learn all this stuff," said Mumme. "I'm definitely excited for second semester and I think we're just going to continue learning and having fun."