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D-11 music teacher discusses life inside the classroom

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Posted at 6:00 AM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 08:50:44-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — There's no doubt about it. Our teachers are going through so much right now and News5 is checking in with our favorite educators who are going above and beyond to make a difference.

Shannon Glenn is a general music teacher at Chipita Elementary School in District 11. Glenn teaches several age groups throughout the day, but not before completing her crossing guard duties in the morning.

"There's a lot of back and forth. I have a fourth grade class that has both in-person and online students," Glenn explained.

Glenn says she feels her district has gotten into a good routine. Five minutes before each class the teachers disinfect their work stations and supplies, and when the students arrive they too wash their hands while being socially distant.

"Mentally we're just exhausted because we have to be COVID aware in everything that we do," Glenn says.

When it's lunchtime Glenn picks up her kids from a separate lunch area, at different times from other classrooms so they are not cross contaminating. Glenn says one thing she wants parents to know is there's a lot of duality that teachers face.

"We are both sides, and we see both sides," she said. "I think people forget that we are more than teachers. We are also wives, girlfriends, boyfriends and we have kids of our own."

Mrs. Glenn says she can't wait for the day where she can actually sing in her classes! Right now you'd hear a lot of humming going on because of CDC guidelines.