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How Joe Schallmoser Stayed Connected to His Students During COVID-19

Tuesday, June 30, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rachel Bucek
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As the 2019-2020 school year school was transferred to online classes due to COVID-19, schools worked hard to navigate the best use of eLearning for their students. Although this was a new adjustment for teachers, students, and staff alike, The Avery Coonley School discovered different ways to stay connected with one another during this time. Including athletic director Joe Schallmoser, who discovered a creative way to keep in touch with his students despite the challenge's that come with eLearning and the COVID-19 pandemic.


Joe Schallmoser has taught physical education at The Avery Coonley School for 16 years. During this time, he has made connections with his students that he inevitably began to miss as school closures and social distancing were put in order. With a motivation to provide happiness and support to the ACS community, Joe decided to use his time to reach students in a new way while remaining at a safe distance.


Joe combined his love for bad dad jokes and fitness by connecting with parents to make house calls for his students. While using humor and exercise to bring joy to families all around the Downers Grove area, he visits 10 houses a day, totaling at 700 burpees a week. Since this began on April 8th, he has made 147 visits with no signs of stopping. He begins each visit with a bad dad joke, asks his students to do 10 burpees with him, and then before he leaves, he shares the same message of encouragement with each student, “We love you. We miss you. And we can’t wait to see you again.”.


To read more about Joe and his experience please take a look at these articles:

Chicago Tribune


My Suburban Life

WGN Radio

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