CHARLOTTE, NC — For more than a year, schools around the country have tackled challenges and virtual learning as we have navigated the coronavirus pandemic.
One school in Charlotte had an extra and unique hurdle to face.
Niner University Elementary School, a new lab school through UNC Charlotte, opened during the pandemic. The staff and students started virtually, and students stepped through the doors for the first time in March 2021.
Pamela Broome, the school’s principal, says even though most people had to meet on Zoom when everyone came together in person, things felt normal.
“We didn’t know each other when the school year started, and we have built relationships even working remotely for part of the year, and looked at the challenges and been thought-partners together,” Broome said.
Naomi Imoberstag, a first-grade teacher, says she was happy her students didn’t miss a beat and jumped back into the classroom setting.
“I was so happy that those relationships transferred from online to in-person, so we didn’t have to start over,” she says. “We just picked up right where we left off.”