ABBOTT ELEMENTARY scored another home run in honor of VALENTINE’S DAY. For most of the ensemble, no one saw their self-worth or lovability. Of course, this is except for Barbara (Sheryl Lee Ralph), who always takes charge of any situation with a guiding hand. 

The best part about this ABBOTT ELEMENTARY episode was the lack of truly understanding your power, joy, and command. This sounds like an oxymoron, but writers gave Jacob (Chris Perfetti) several magical teaching moments. It was awesome to see him in front of the classroom. Being observed by the principal can be nerve-wracking for any teacher, no matter how experienced you are. It was authentic to see Jacob not be “judged by the color of his skin, but by the content of his class.” Kudos. 

ABBOTT ELEMENTARY also gave audiences another opportunity to roll their eyes viewing Janine (Quinta Brunson) and Gregory’s (Tyler James Williams) relationship. I almost screamed out loud at their obtuseness. It was funny and very entertaining. 

ABBOTT ELEMENTARY is always worth your time. It is a sharp, fresh, vulnerable, humorous look at the world of teaching and the people who devote their lives to this under-appreciated profession.

It is available to stream on ABC Television. 

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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