For the last two months, I have had the pleasure of teaching a remarkable group of kindergarteners while their amazing teacher, Jasmine Rustemeyer, was out on maternity leave following the birth of her beautiful, twin girls. Unfortunately, with the sudden and necessary closure of the Southern Boone Primary School building due to staffing issues caused by the ever-worsening Covid pandemic, my time as a kindergarten teacher has come to an unceremonious and disappointing end.

Travis Naughton

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before—because you have. You may recall that I taught Music at the Primary School last year, on a one-year contract, when an emergency need arose and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity presented itself to me. I was busy having the time of my life teaching Music last Spring when Covid forced a premature stoppage of in-person learning and an anticlimactic end to the most rewarding job I had ever held.

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