Teacher Acts to Save Grandparent Having a Stroke

First Grade teacher Ms. Gail Koch. Source: Good News Network

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers have had to find new and innovative ways to connect with their students using virtual platforms and other tools to keep them engaged.  One of these heroic teachers is Julia Koch of Michigan.

During a virtual Zoom class, Koch, a first grade teacher, noticed that one of her students was experiencing some technical difficulties.  Koch received a call from her student’s grandmother Cynthia Philips and started noticing she was slurring her words.

Koch told CNN, “It was clear there was something very wrong. Her words were so jumbled, and I couldn’t understand what she was trying to say. She didn’t sound like herself.”

Koch immediately alerted the school principal Charlie Lovelady to Phillips’ situation. Lovelady, familiar with stroke symptoms having lost his own father to a stroke, kept Phillips on the phone while another staff member dialed 911.

Even after an ambulance was dispatched, Lovelady dispatched two more staff members to head over to Phillips’ residence to make sure she and the kids were safe.

Phillips told WOOD-TV8, “If it wasn’t for them getting me the help, I needed I would’ve just not been here.”

Koch described the incident as a learning experience, “I don’t think one can truly be a good teacher and not care about the students and their families. In the environment we’re in especially, it’s too hard to do this without actually truly caring,” Koch said. “Out of all this, what I’ve learned [is] being part of a community that cares is so important. Paying attention to people and listening to them, always thinking of how to help. It’s great to know I’m part of a team like that.”

Source: Good News Network