CLARK, NJ – Keara DeMaio, of Saint John the Apostle School was recently featured in a Fox News story exploring how teachers around the New Jersey and New York area are holding instruction in a virtual world since the close of school during the COVID-19 pandemic.
DeMaio, a math and technology teacher, was one of several educators interviewed from both public and private schools. According to DeMaio, students at her school regularly use digital platforms, so they were already familiar with the technology. However, to ensure all students would have what they need to succeed at a distance, over a longer period of time, teachers began prepping a couple of weeks before schools closed.
As an example she said, time was spent with kindergarten students to be sure they would be able to login, use their virtual Google Classroom and submit completed assignments.
In her interview DeMaio said the school staff made a schedule for students, and they change classes virtually as would happen if they were in school. She said the transition to online learning has been seamless overall. Teachers are using Google Classroom, Google Handout, Zoom and more to deliver distance learning.
DeMaio said the most important part of the whole process has been communication between the school, staff, students and home. She credits this communication with their ability to be responsive to families that had special situations or needs to make education at home a reality. She also said students were told there might be bumps along the way, but together with staff, they'd figure it all out.
Saint John the Apostle School is a faith-centered academic community based on the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. They are committed to serve all regardless of race, nationality or religion. To prepare students to be responsible adults in an ever-changing world, their goal is to focus on academic excellence as well as instill spiritual, moral and social values. Call the school office at 732-388-1360 for additional information or visit their website at www.sjanj.org.