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LOOK: Math teacher gives lesson outside student’s home for social distancing

/ 06:02 PM April 02, 2020

Chris Waba teaches his student Rylee Anderson from right at her porch. Image: Twitter /@DakSt8Football

While some schools have suspended their physical classes in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, a teacher in the United States went above and beyond his call of duty to ensure that his student understood his lesson by explaining it right at her doorstep.

The 6th-grade teacher Chris Waba visited his student, later on identified as Rylee Anderson, after receiving an email regarding a math problem.


To maintain social distancing, Waba taught the student outside her home while she listened by the door, as seen on Rylee’s father Josh Anderson’s Twitter post last Saturday, March 28.

“[He] came over [and] worked through the problem with her on our front porch,” Josh said.


The teacher was coincidentally the family’s neighbor which allowed him to visit the student right away.

Waba was compelled to teach the student in person after he receiving multiple emails from the 12-year-old asking for help on an algebra lesson, People reported yesterday, April 1.


The Madison Middle School teacher said he wanted to help kids who are struggling, especially now that they are dealing with “something new.”

“I really felt that we were almost at that point where Rylee was just about ready to say, ‘You know what, I’m done with this,’ and I didn’t want her to give up,” he was quoted as saying. “She wasn’t very far away and the opportunity was there and it just worked out.”

It was Rylee’s father who encouraged the student to reach out to Waba after she expressed difficulty in comprehending the topic. However, the teacher’s gesture caught Rylee and her father off guard.

“I think she was expecting maybe a FaceTime call or Zoom meeting, but when he said he was coming over, she was pretty shocked,” Josh told the magazine.

Waba then emphasized that he is only one of the many educators who are still trying to teach their students amid the global health crisis.

As per report, Waba’s district in South Dakota will continue its remote instructions until May 4. Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump has yet to call for a nationwide stay-at-home order amid the COVID-19 pandemic, despite his administration’s projection that “tens of thousands of Americans” will likely be killed by the disease. Cha Lino/JB



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