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T.J. Thornton

TJ Thornton is a fifth-grade science and social-emotional learning teacher in Washington state. They are also an Understood Teaching Fellow.

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    Teachers aren’t used to self-advocating. With COVID, that has to change.

    As back-to-school season starts this fall, it’s an uncertain time to be an educator — especially an educator in the high-risk category for COVID-19. According to a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation, 24 percent of educators — almost one in four — are at risk of a serious illness if they contract coronavirus. That’s roughly 1.5 million teachers. I am one of them.

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