ABBOTT ELEMENTARY was more than carrot cookies, and a FIRE could really express. It brought out the leadership skills in some, the life-choice regret in others, and an amazing inside look at Barbara portrayed by the incomparable Sheryl Lee Ralph. 

This week the writers nailed the life of a teacher with humor and grace. It is not easy to push your private emotions down deep inside when standing in front of a classroom. There are moments when it bubbles out in the form of a candle and a shawl. The notion that teachers should not feel or have their humanity spill all over the place is pure BS. Life just gets in the way, as Barbara so powerfully showed her colleagues and trauma counselor. I have been at this same place, standing in front of my students. It is not easy. Kudos to the writers. Self-care creates good mental health. Barbara is leading the way. Teachers are not superhuman. Some just see them that way. 

There were many laughs surrounding this powerful storyline. Ava (Janelle James) always gets viewers chuckling at her antics. Thank goodness. We needed that relief. 

ABBOTT ELEMENTARY was about facing things that scare you and “moving on.”  Valuable, poignant lessons that are not always in today’s lesson plan. 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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