Beverly Miller, Greeneville City Schools (GCS) Assistant Director for Administration/Chief Technology Officer, delivered a presentation on leadership and change management. Miller then facilitated discussion among a group of educators from around the country. Her presentation focused on how education organizations were forced to make rapid changes with extreme flexibility when the COVID-19 pandemic shifted the way teachers and students were teaching and learning. Miller stated, “While there have been many challenges during the past year, there have also been some valuable lessons learned. Among them include the fact that education can be agile and adaptable when necessary to serve students.” The conversation was rich and engaging as educators from across the United States shared stories and best practices.
Additionally, Lane Wilburn, a Tusculum View Elementary School student, was invited to speak during a student panel discussion. During the panel, Wilburn shared things he has enjoyed about virtual learning as well as some reasons he misses being in his school and with his teachers and friends. Wilburn is an amazing ten-year-old who was born with a congenital heart defect. The opportunity for learning virtually has proven to be the opportunity of a lifetime for him. Wilburn was assisted on the panel by Kim Rominger, retired GCS teacher and Wilburn’s grandmother. Rominger shared some information from her perspective. She praised the job that Wilburn’s teachers have done during the pandemic.