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Professor Makes A Difference Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

Professor Makes A Difference Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

Dr. Debra Dunning, Associate Professor of Instruction at Ohio University Lancaster, recently founded a Facebook group amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic providing parents with educational lessons to their housebound children. Dealing, Discovering and Doing, which targets parents with kids in the pre-k through third grade range, currently has 561 members and counting.


“I hope that parents find a resource for being suddenly thrust into home school situations that they never trained for.” Dunning shares. “I hope that we bring down the stress and that we give simple yet useful information to these parents.”


On a plane ride to Texas over Spring Break, Dunning watched the movie Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood and was so moved by the life story of Fred Rogers that she started thinking to herself: what can I do to make a difference? It soon became apparent to Dunning as Coronavirus started shutting down schools that Dealing, Discovering and Doing was exactly how she could make a difference, giving back to her community and beyond given her expertise in child development and the newfound need for home education.


With four children in a family spread about, technology during the Coronavirus Pandemic has been essential to Dunning and her family in staying connected with one another. And as a professor, Dunning has also found creative ways to stay connected with her students to fit the new online forum too. During difficult times, Dunning has adjusted on all fronts with positivity and a will to encourage others around her to do the same.


“I am being more real, more creative and brought a sense of humility and passion to my whole approach of teaching, learning and service.  I believe the pandemic has made me a better version of the person I have always wanted to be. I feel a bit more like Mr. Rogers, that I am looking at people and seeing what they are experiencing and embracing kindness.”


For more information on Dealing, Discovering and Doing, visit its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/592113898050949/.


by Dylan James dj139615@ohio.edu