West Virginia teachers take on a pandemic, epidemic and a consequential election

By Douglas Soule, Mountain State Spotlight

October 29, 2020

The two towers rivaled the height of the neighboring school.

An assortment of slides slithered from the towers, which rose from opposing ends of a criss-cross of ladders, stairs and playground equipment. Grass and weeds grew up in scattered tufts in the mulch below. 

While students can attend in-person classes twice a week at Kellogg Elementary School in Huntington, the playground is closed until further notice.

“They were looking forward to returning to school and were so disappointed when they found out school was not traditional school,” said Amber McCoy, a fourth-grade teacher at Kellogg. “So many things were different than they expected.” 

Things were different for teachers, too. Like most teachers during the pandemic, McCoy has had to master new technology in a short period of time. Teaching was never easy, and McCoy, who is also the president of the Wayne County Education Association, can attest that it’s become even harder during a pandemic.