Student Forum Newsletter for October 2020 (Electoral College and 2020 Election)
For this month’s Student Voice Vote, it’s time to make your voice heard as a student participating in the Student Governmental Affairs Program (SGAP). In this newsletter, you will be asked to make your voice heard on an issue facing the country: Who should be elected president of the United States in the 2020 election?
Teacher Spotlight -Jill Villasana from Columbia, Missouri
With 20 years of teaching experience, Jill Villasana has always been a high-energy kind of teacher, which makes teaching students virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic feel “different.” “If a student wants to work on their assignments virtually at 11 p.m. or 6 in the morning, they have the option to do that and can get extra hours at work or care for their family members,” Villasana says. “Allowing students flexibility to work on school when they want to is an obvious benefit. For our students that plan to go to college, they are certainly being expected to manage a more collegiate schedule and work ethic.”
Nestled at the base of the majestic, snow-capped mountains of the Wasatch Range, the city of Bountiful, Utah, serves as a suburb of Salt Lake City and is home to Bountiful High School, where Kim Ball teaches AP U.S. Government and other subjects to 10th, 11th and 12th graders. Ball, who has 17 years of teaching experience, says teaching with a distance-learning format during the COVID-19 pandemic has required her to quickly adapt.