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COVID-19: A Period of Learning and Reflecting for Educators

Winners and finalists of TFA's Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teacher Leadership Award share advice on showing up for students amid the coronavirus school closures.

By The TFA Editorial Team

May 4, 2020

COVID-19: A Period of Learning and Reflecting for Educators

The Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teacher Leadership Award recognizes leaders working inside and outside of the classroom in pursuit of change and increasing Teach For America's collective impact. This year’s winner and finalists share helpful tips and words of encouragement for teachers who are trying to find their new normal during COVID-19.

‘Focus on the Good and Control the Controllables’

The Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teacher Leadership Award celebrates talented individuals and groups of leaders who are dedicated to pursuing a stronger and more equitable school system. Amid COVID-19, Sue Lehmann finalists Amanda Niedzwiecki (Kansas City ’13), Alexandro Ornelas (Kansas City ’18), Deborah Alexander (Kansas City ’17), Andrew Murphy (Kansas City ’14), and Morgan McPartland (Kansas City ’16), Tara Storm (Charlotte-Piedmont Triad ’15), Keun-woo Lee (New York ’17), and Sidney Stein (New York ’17), and winner Takeru Nagayoshi (Massachusetts ’14), talk about going beyond what’s expected to meet students and parents halfway during COVID-19.

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