Ms. Fuentes’ colorfully decorated classroom.

We are grateful for Ms. Fuentes to join us – she was our first interview outside our personal circles. because she gave voice to our pandemic experiences as teachers, I reached out to her after hearing the culminating episode of The New York Times’ The Daily podcast’s series on her high school in Odessa, TX. I distinctly remember pausing as I scrubbed my tub to hear her describe the brave new world of hybrid teaching that I knew I would be venturing into here in Seattle.

The love and concern Ms. Fuentes has for her students attracted me to her story and radiates as much in our interviews as they did on The Daily. Here, she tells Rashon and I about the struggles to keep her students engaged during the initial shutdown of her school’s building.