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Preschool teacher takes her classroom to students' yards

A Texas preschool teacher who missed the class filled with children aged 3 and 4, found a way to take the classroom to the students' sidewalks.

Myra Garza, a teacher at the Holy Catholic Catholic School in San Antonio, packed her car with preschool activities and drove to the homes of each of her 15 students last week, all doing virtual learning after the school closed in the middle March due to coronavirus pandemic.

"I just wanted to connect with them in some way," said Garza, a 13-year teaching veteran.Good Morning America. "" I was thinking about how we can do it, where we still respect all the rules we need to follow, and it occurred to me: what if I did it outside the house and tried it that way? "

PHOTO: Myra Garza, a preschool teacher at Holy Catholic Catholic School in San Antonio, Texas, took her classroom to students' entrances during the coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy Myra Garza)

Garza said he spent about 30 minutes at each student's home and received a memorable flood of questions and stories from each student.

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"I'm so glad you're here. Why did you come? Why don't you come back? Can you come tomorrow? Can you come in?" Garza said, recounting the questions he received. "They wanted to show me everything – the whole yard, the garage, the pool – and they just wanted to tell me all kinds of things that they hadn't told me in seven weeks."

"I thought about when I was a little girl and how I would love for my teacher to show up at my house and I think they were just as shocked," he added. "They were fascinated with my car. They had no idea that I could drive. My hair was up and they had never seen my hair like this. Many of them were fascinated with my clothes because I was not wearing what I would normally wear. to school."

PHOTO: Myra Garza, a preschool teacher at Holy Catholic Catholic School in San Antonio, Texas, took her classroom to students' entrances during the coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy Myra Garza)PHOTO: Myra Garza, a preschool teacher at the Espírito Santo Catholic School in San Antonio, Texas, took her classroom to students' entrances during the coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy Myra Garza)

Garza is recording videos for her students and talking to them on FaceTime and Zoom, but seeing them again in person for the first time since March, making her cry.

"Sometimes I left their homes and cried because I missed them," she said. "I knew I missed them, but there is a lot of joy and a lot of happiness when you are with a child like that."

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"They have no idea what is going on in the world," she said. "It was a complete boost of humor, just to put everything in perspective, all the things we take for granted."

PHOTO: Myra Garza, a preschool teacher at Holy Catholic Catholic School in San Antonio, Texas, took her classroom to students' entrances during the coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy Myra Garza)PHOTO: Myra Garza, a preschool teacher at Holy Catholic Catholic School in San Antonio, Texas, took her classroom to students' entrances during the coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy Myra Garza)

Garza's home visits also favored the students and their parents, according to Amanda Wise, whose 3-year-old daughter, Paloma, is in Garza's class.

"We miss seeing her and interacting with her," Wise told GMA about Garza. "We see her on video and talk on the phone, but it's different than being close to her and feeling her energy and all the passion she puts into her work."

Wise and her daughter made a banner to welcome Garza into her home and gave her a blanket and a bottle of water while she taught Paloma from afar on the sidewalk. Wise described the 30 minutes that Garza spent at home as a "sense of normality" and a "breath of fresh air".

"We still talk about it and Paloma wants her to come back every day," said Wise. "I had neighbors passing by and they had the biggest smiles on their faces. It really lit up everyone's day."

Garza is one of about 50 teachers from Espírito Santo, a school of 420 students. Everyone quickly adopted virtual learning and many, like Garza, are going beyond home visits to ensure that no students are left behind, according to Margaret Webb, director of Espírito Santo.

PHOTO: Myra Garza, left, a preschool teacher, poses with Margaret Webb, director of the Catholic School of the Holy Spirit in San Antonio, Texas. (Courtesy Myra Garza)PHOTO: Myra Garza, left, a preschool teacher, poses with Margaret Webb, director of the Catholic School of the Holy Spirit in San Antonio, Texas. (Courtesy Myra Garza)

"It warms my heart," said Webb. "The teachers here are very committed to not having gaps in the education of children. We will do everything possible to help them and help their parents, many of whom also need to work from home."

Garza said he shared a consistent message with the parents of students in his class.

"I tell them: & # 39; You are doing your best. Your best is good enough & # 39;", she said. "Everyone has a story of how they are working at the moment … the last thing I want to do is add it to their plate."

Preschool teacher takes classroom to students' backyard originally appeared in goodmorningamerica.com

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