‘The hardest thing we’ve ever done.’ SLO County parents fear learning at home will leave kids behind

Source: San Luis Obispo Tribune

Every day, Vianna Mongeur wakes up at 5 a.m. to go to work in Paso Robles — in the afternoon, she starts her second job as a homeschool teacher to her two daughters.

“My mind is done by the end of work,” she said. “I don’t have the energy to be a teacher for another eight hours.”

Mongeur and thousands of other San Luis Obispo County parents are nearly two months into unexpectedly becoming their children’s educators after the coronavirus pandemic closed all K-12 campuses.

Most California parents surveyed in a poll conducted in late March and early April by Education Trust-West — which advocates for and conducts research into education equity issues — expressed concern about their children falling behind academically due to the coronavirus school closures. 

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Karla Fernandez

Communications Manager

Karla Fernandez (she/her/hers) joins Ed Trust–West as a Communications Manager with over 11 years of experience advancing social impact initiatives.

Karla started her career as a teacher at Chicago Public Schools and UIC College Prep. After teaching, Karla joined United Friends of the Children to support LA County’s youth in foster care as a college counselor. Through Leadership for Educational Equity, Karla also served as a Policy Advisor Fellow for the office of a Los Angeles Unified School Board Member. She solidified her interests in policy analysis and quantitative research during her time with the Price Center for Social Innovation, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, and the USC Presidential Working Group on Sustainability. Before joining The Education Trust–West, Karla was the Associate Director for the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative, a network of nonprofits advocating for communities in SELA.

Karla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, a Master of Public Policy from the USC Price School of Public Policy, and a Graduate Certificate in Policy Advocacy from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Karla is based out of southern California and is passionate about using data analysis, communications, and digital strategies for policy advocacy and social justice efforts.