Special Education teacher gives virtual lessons from home

Posted at 7:25 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 19:52:26-04

JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — School parking lots around the state will remain empty now as Kentucky schools were closed to in-person learning on Monday for the rest of the school year.

For special education teacher, Abbe Milburn, that means more virtual lessons with her students.

While the Rosenwald-Dunbar Elementary School teacher admits it has been a challenge communicating online, she said it was students' parents who have been the support she needs.

"We are lucky in Jessamine County," Milburn said. "We have a lot of great parents and I feel like they have played a big role in virtual teaching and it being successful."

She said parents sit with their child during most of her one-on-one sessions to help out.

"I feel like we make a good team," Milburn said.

Milburn added that parents do not have to be present during the tutorials. However, she has found that many want to learn how the teachers teach so they can be consistent with their child's learning. Milburn also records tutorials to help her students work through problems. Online learning has allowed her to stay connected with her students, but it has presented challenges.

"I'd much rather have them in the classroom so I can see their work," Milburn said. "Even though they're working on their board I can't see what they're doing until they hold it up."

While Milburn admits quarantine has been tough, she said keeping the students safe is a top priority. She added that she is thankful for the opportunity to stay in touch virtually.

According to Milburn, the school has loaned out Chrome books to all students who did not have access to technology.