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Endless Work, Endless Love: Teaching and Mothering During a Pandemic

by Mary Hermann & Julie Gorlewski - May 29, 2020

This commentary builds on the authors’ recent research on teachers who are also mothers. The study was completed just prior to the current world-wide health crisis. Study findings indicate that combining teaching and motherhood has become more challenging in recent years as both societal motherhood norms and expectations in the teaching profession have risen significantly. As teachers in the United States encounter the effects of new shelter-at-home directives, teacher mothers are experiencing unprecedented responsibilities related to remote teaching expectations and their recently acquired role of homeschooling their children. Challenges related to these experiences as well as opportunities provided by this crisis are explored in this commentary. Recommendations are provided for managing the dual roles of teacher and mother during the pandemic and beyond.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 29, 2020
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 23308, Date Accessed: 9/28/2021 4:15:52 AM

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  • Mary Hermann
    Virginia Commonwealth University
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    MARY A. HERMANN, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Counselor Education Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to joining the faculty at VCU, she served as an assistant professor of Counseling and Women’s Studies at Mississippi State University. Dr. Hermann is a licensed attorney, a licensed professional counselor, a national certified counselor, and a certified school counselor. Her research has focused on legal and ethical issues in counseling and on women’s experiences. She has authored 2 co-edited books, over 50 publications, and more than 150 presentations, including 6 keynote addresses. She served as co-chair of the American Counseling Association (ACA) Task Force on the promotion of diversity in leadership, a member of the ACA Ethics Committee, a member of the ACA 2014 Ethics Revision Task Force, President of the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES), and co-chair of the SACES Women’s Interest Network. She is the founder and director of the Women’s Lifespan Development Research Lab. And, she is the recipient of the 2019 Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Professional Leadership Award and the 2016 VCU School of Education Excellence Award for her research, teaching, and leadership.
  • Julie Gorlewski
    State University of New York at Buffalo
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    JULIE GORLEWSKI, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Learning and Instruction at State University of New York at Buffalo. Her teaching experiences span Pre-K through graduate school and include interdisciplinary initiatives, such as instructional technology and STEM education. Current research projects involve equity, literacy, and cultivating critical dispositions with preservice and practicing teachers.
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