Making a Difference: Knox County Schools special education teacher changing students’ lives

One Knox County Schools teacher has found a routine for her in classroom and remoter learners that’s helping them learn.
Published: Apr. 6, 2021 at 6:32 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - This year has been tough for students everywhere. Whether learning in person or virtually there’s been hiccups and set backs.

One Knox County Schools teacher has found a routine for her classroom and remote learners that’s helping them learn.

In Alex Roushdi’s Amherst Elementary classroom a green screen transforms what virtual students see on their screens.

“When they’re looking at me all day long on teams you know we needed a way to kind of like jazz it up, so when I saw that I was like I think we can figure that out,” explained Roushdi.

As a special education teacher for seven years, Alex is one of the many teachers stepping up to make a difference in her students’ lives, especially during a pandemic.

Roushdi said, “Everything is a teachable moment in here.”

She’s incorporated virtual field trips, introducing her students to people in different professions and helped her virtual learners get all the hard copy materials they need by meeting with parents after school every other week to pick up items.

Roushdi’s woven hands-on learning into academics and life skills lessons.

“It’s a lot of planning and figuring out, but when it works it’s a great and they get kind of the best of both worlds I think,” said Roushdi.

She’s changed her students lives.

“Math and reading are important and we’re absolutely doing those things every day, but at the same time working on things that are really going to help them, you know, just excel and be able to like go to the grocery story with their family or go out to dinner, and eventually find a job and things that are going to make a really big difference in their quality of life,” explained Roushdi.

She said the work she does is possible with all the the help from her assistant teachers.

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