Stories from Quarantine

College of Education and Human Development

COEHD members and alumni share their stories of navigating life, school, and professions during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Jordan Ortega-Mendez photo

May 11, 2020
A Career Interrupted, but Not Over
For Jordan Ortega-Mendez, kinesiology major and student-athlete, spring break began with preparing for a tennis match and abruptly changed to packing her things to to finish the semester remotely from her home country of Spain, where she would end up sheltering in place for nearly two months.


Ashley Crowe photo

May 4, 2020
Building Bridges to Home, One Tarantula Hangout at a Time
Islander alumna Ashley Crowe sees a rural district as an opportunity for success, and home quarantine as a window to get to know her 5th grade science students better than ever.


Ashleigh Norris photo

April 27, 2020
From Driving Buses to Driving Change in her School District
Ashleigh Norris has advanced from school bus driver to first-year teacher and part of a team planning a new learning framework at Aransas Pass ISD, as remote learning has made this work more important than ever.


Scott Elliff leading online discussion

April 20, 2020
Helping Protect Teens at a More Crucial Time than Ever
As part of the ongoing work of Rep. Todd Hunter’s Suicide Prevention Task Force, Dr. D. Scott Elliff (Educational Leadership '12), TAMU-CC faculty member in Educational Leadership, and Dr. Cissy Reynolds-Perez (Educational Administration '95 & Educational Leadership '17), West Oso ISD Assistant Superintendent, co-facilitated an online "virtual" forum with over 40 area high school student leaders to brainstorm ideas for keeping students connected and mitigating the consequences of social isolation during the COVID-19 shutdown.


Monica Pena

April 10, 2020
Finding New Ways to Teach and Show Love

"I am here to protect and help you however and whenever I can" - Although new kindergarten teacher Monica Peña often repeated this to her class, she never imagined it would include delivering care packages of snacks, art supplies, and toilet paper to their homes.


Kayla Gladstone photo

April 9, 2020
Making it Fit: An Unexpected Way to Start a Career
Kayla Gladstone graduated from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi with a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies in fall 2019. She describes her experience of beginning – and advancing in – a teaching career during a pandemic.


Dr. Plowman

April 7, 2020

Math as a Stress Release
Hear her out! One of our math instruction experts, Dr. Debra Plowman, offers her perspective on how simple mental exercises can help anyone (even non-experts at math) decompress during a stressful time.


Ramirez photo

April 4, 2020
My COVID-19 Experience as a Clinical Teacher
Brigette Ramirez is a master's student in Secondary Education at TAMU-CC. She is also a clinical teacher of 8th grade US History at Driscoll Middle School, during which COVID-19 closures caused her and teachers everywhere to transition to distance education. This is Brigette's story of teaching history while also living it.


Garcia Center tutor reading a book on video

March 27, 2020
Garcia Center Tutors Launch Virtual Literacy Program
As the Coronavirus pandemic forced tens of thousands of local school-aged children home from school, tutors at the Antonio E. Garcia Center for Arts and Education launched a Facebook literacy program designed to support home learning by improving reading and comprehension skills.