Problem-solvers, nurturers, helpers in every way.
Teachers and those working in education often wear many hats and overcome endless challenges in their pursuit to keep students on track with their learning goals.
Over the past year, this has never been more obvious. Educators had to almost instantly transition into an online format to keep school going in some form. There were many unknowns and many challenges. But it’s getting done.
Our School Heroes Awards and issue has annually honored the heroic efforts of those working at our local schools. The 2021 nominees and winners— including teachers, employees and leaders — have raised the bar that much higher over the past year in working tirelessly to keep students learning and connected to schools even when life was far from normal.
If you are looking for some real inspiration, read through this month’s School Heroes feature to learn about the Top Teacher, Top Employee and Top Leader of Parenting OC’s awards, as well as many of the nominees.
Of course, there are many heroes doing good work every day in our communities. Local Hero this month highlights one of them: a local mom who has created fun and educational book systems to help kids develop good character. Don’t miss this unique way a local mom is giving back.
Meanwhile Family Wellness is dedicated to helping us all overcome challenges like brain fog and lack of energy with some simple fitness and nutrition tips. Ask the Experts offers some advice on sending kids to a summer sports camp, as well as important tips on applying for financial aid for college-bound teens.
Our Mindfulness expert this month focuses on interpersonal mindful parenting and on the insights of two recent studies related to mindfulness. You also don’t want to miss our calendar of both in-person and virtual activities to help you and your family keep connected to the community.
As we all continue navigating our new world together, remember to say thanks to the heroes that are helping us through.
by Jessica Peralta, Editor