Teachers – unsung heroes in COVID-era learning

Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch

Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch, has paid tribute to the region’s teachers, with the Central Coast in its seventh week of lockdown.

“Teachers across the NSW have been holding down the fort, adapting to online learning again and providing care for the children of essential workers,” Tesch said.

“Without the courage, passion and dedication of our teachers children across the state would be suffering.

“Teachers are (among) essential workers overlooked in the pandemic, especially when it comes to putting themselves on the line to go to school and look after essential workers’ kids.

“They have also spent time changing their lesson plans to accommodate online learning and they have been moving with every single announcement delivered by the Berejiklian Government.”

Tesch said with plans for a return to classrooms for Year 12 students still up in the air, teachers were offering all the support they could online, showing incredible adaptability.

“Teachers here are continuously adhering to government advice and changing their plans with a second’s notice,” she said.

“As a former teacher I understand the difficulty of teaching under normal circumstances, and I know these (circumstances) would only add to the pressure.

“Teachers’ commitment to students in our community and the encouragement they deliver to kids in our community, jumping on school Facebook pages and making fun videos to keep our students entertained, is something that does not go unnoticed, and I cannot thank you all enough for everything you do.”

With COVID-19 having an increased presence in the community over recent weeks, Tesch is encouraging parents to stay vigilant.

“If you are not an essential worker please keep your children safe and at home,” she said.

“I know it is difficult to help your children learn from home, but it is also the safest means right now for everyone in our community.

Media release, Aug 11
Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch