I started here as a parent. This was supposed to just be a summer job but I'm still here. I am a single working mom. I work 40 hours a week, so my 6-year-old couldn't do school if it wasn't for the school-age classroom here. That whole aspect of trying to make sure she's getting her education, and it being so bumpy and unpredictable, has been difficult and kind of scary.
Yeah, it's been really up and down. You think you have your footing and then things change. The roller coaster is kind of getting normal, which is a little scary—it's weird to say. At first, I was having a hard time. It felt like my personal failure. But I'm going to remember how adaptable she was. My students too—the resilience that I'm seeing in them and their ability to keep going. They come here every single day and they still want to learn and make connections, no matter what their life at home looks like.