Returning to Hope

Pre-service Teachers’ Stories of Resilience Through the Covid Pandemic

August 2022
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The Covid-19 pandemic means that teachers have faced significant stressors in relation to their work. They have been called upon to support students’ academic development and wellbeing throughout the transition to online teaching and learning, while navigating adversity and stress in their own lives. Using the AI Resilience framework, this study focuses on the stories of ten pre-service (future) teachers, navigating through Covid-19, and their resilience following the early waves of the pandemic as they work toward becoming fully licensed professionals.


Author: Traci Bellas

Dr. Traci Bellas is an instructional coach and lecturer in the Watson College of Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. A 30-year veteran educator, her areas of research include culturally sustaining pedagogies, Community Cultural Wealth, elementary curriculum, and teacher preparation. 


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Author: Denise Henning

Dr Henning’s career in higher education that has spanned nearly 30 years in the US and Canada, as well as serving as graduate faculty in New Zealand. Denise is a proud member of the Cherokee & Mississippi Choctaw. She is director of the UNCW/3C Collaborative and professor in Education Leadership at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her research spans AI, Indigenous pedagogy and leadership topics. 


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