School Matters: You Never Forget Your Kinder Teacher

Mr. K

Teaching Amid Change: Inside A Classroom Adjusting to Learning Gaps and COVID Realities

By: CBS This Morning

“This [KIPP Comienza Community Prep] teacher is adjusting to life back in the classroom, and focusing on meeting students where they’re at,” shared CBS This Morning.

“Kris Sanchez, known as Mr. K to his students, teaches Kindergarten in Los Angeles and he taught virtually last year, but he is now back in his classroom with 29 youngsters,” shared Tony Dokoupil, CBS This Morning co-host. “Mr. K shows us how he is helping his students feel supported during the pandemic.” [...]

“Going into this year now that we are in person, it’s about teaching at their grade level and finding ways to creatively incorporate things that they may have not learned last year,” said Mr. K. [...]

“This year has been a little different than years prior. These students haven’t had preschool,” mentioned Mr. K. “If there is a topic that they don’t understand or know, it’s really great to address it in the moment and have them repeat it. And then, they learn it.” [...]

Teaching Kindergarten brings so much joy! I want students to leave me knowing how to read, falling in love with their favorite story book, and knowing how to count to 100,” stated Mr. K. 

“You’ll hear the phrase, ‘you never forget your Kindergarten teacher.’ I think Kinder is such a pivotal year for students — we are setting them up for the rest of their time on their educational journey!” 

“I am INCREDIBLE,” chantted Mr. K who was joined by his students.

This story originally aired on CBS This Morning

About the Author: CBS This Morning is an American morning television program that is broadcast on CBS. Each weekday morning, CBS This Morning co-hosts Gayle King, Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil deliver two hours of original reporting, breaking news and top-level newsmaker interviews in an engaging and informative format that challenges the norm in network morning news programs.