HICKORY, N.C. - For De La Salle Collegiate school psychologist Andrew Campbell, distance learning is truly distant.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Campbell and his family, including three children under the age of four, decided to head to Campbell’s hometown of Hickory, which is located between Charlotte and Asheville.
Campbell notes that the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t been too prevalent in North Carolina until the past few days.
The Campbells are staying with his parents for now, in an effort to provide their children with family support and outdoor playing time, though trying to maintain a normal schedule is oftentimes difficult with three toddlers who don’t always nap at the same time.
“It’s really challenging,” he said. “I have three toddlers who understandably can’t stay on task for very long. I try to do things on the computer when they are asleep, but it’s hard to get into a routine to commit a gap of time to be on the computer.”
Campbell says that he has reached out to De La Salle students, along with the other counselors, making information about community resources available. He is also reaching out to students he has met with individually during the year.
“I’m doing it piecemeal with my phone, instead of a block of time,” he said.
Though often, that means talking with students while outside watching his own kids.
Campbell has set up Google Classroom for the two groups he normally meets with on Tuesdays and Thursdays. One group is for students who struggle with organizing and staying on task. Campbell reviews their work, and works with students to create a digital day planner. The other group is for students who are less social; Campbell is reaching out to them to share thoughts, again through Google Classroom.
“Much of what I do is supportive, and reaching students via technology is challenging,” Campbell said. “But it’s what we have to work with for now, and I’m committed to making this work.”
While a member of the counseling department and the school psychologist, he also works with the International Baccalaureate Program, organizing the groups annual learning and service trips to Montana and New Orleans, as well as coordinating local service projects in the Detroit area.
Campbell, who earned his bachelor’s in psychology and biology at Clemson University, headed to Michigan a few years ago. He met his wife shortly after moving to Michigan He earned his psychology specialist degree at the University of Detroit Mercy, and joined the De La Salle staff in October 2018, shortly after completing his degree.