Providence High Teacher Earns Distance Learning Award

Annie Matthews of Providence High School won Cal State Northridge’s Outstanding Pandemic Teacher Award. As an English teacher and technology integration specialist, she helped her colleagues and students better prepare for distance learning before the closure of school in March.

The closure of California school campuses back in March due to the coronavirus sent teachers in a whirlwind with distance learning.
It was uncharted territory for most schools and instructors, but not for Providence High School.
“We’re the only high school in the nation that is governed by a health system, so we had good information really early,” said English teacher and technology integration specialist Annie Matthews. “I think the experts and relationships we have with the system made us realize possibly earlier than other schools that this was going to happen.”
Matthews was ready for the challenges brought on by COVID-19 and was recently recognized for her efforts by Cal State Northridge, which awarded her the Outstanding Pandemic Teacher Award.
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