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The COVID-19 epidemic has been a mental, physical, financial, & social drain on many people. My heart goes out to all of the families that have lost loved ones, and to those who are struggling to make ends meet in a difficult time. I am in a very good situation compared to others, but it is certainly a new challenge to perform the job of a physical educator to the level of expectation that my Principal & our families expect from me.
Our school district is situated in a region of Minnesota where all of our families have access to broadband internet. However, we were unable to pass a referendum recently to provide technology to families in need. The initial weeks of distance learning have been spent attempting to locate specific students & distribute computers, as well as getting families set up with Wi-Fi hotspots. As a district, we have developed a team to help organize our teachers & make it as painless as possible for the parents at home to access the information & materials that we create on a daily basis.
Joe Roelofs has been a health and physical education instructor for Rockford Area Schools since 1999. Throughout his tenure he has taught students from preschool to 12th grade. He has also coached varsity baseball, strength training, and is the current coach of the 7th grade football team. Joe became a health and physical education teacher because of his love of all activities, even the ones that he never participated in. He is a strong believer that teachers should always be looking for resources and methods to make their classes the best they can be.