School Colors Bonus : Code Switch Pat Mitchell is the longtime principal of P.S. 48 – an elementary school in Jamaica, Queens. And while she cares deeply about her students and her work, she has struggled with the growing challenges faced by her school community. In this bonus episode, we look at the pandemic through the eyes of one elementary school principal, and how Covid-19 rocked education in the district – especially on the Southside.

School Colors Bonus: 'Ms. Mitchell's Pandemic Diary'

School Colors Bonus: 'Ms. Mitchell's Pandemic Diary'

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School Colors Bonus: "Ms. Mitchell's Pandemic Diary"

Cassandra Giraldo

"I know this work can take you under if you let it, so I try not to let it take me."

Pat Mitchell wouldn't recommend her job to anyone she loves. She's the longtime principal of P.S. 48 – an elementary school in Jamaica, Queens. And while she cares deeply about her students and her work, she has struggled with the growing challenges faced by her school community. The students she serves are mostly Black and Brown, and many have to deal with the ongoing stresses of poverty, mental illness and transient housing. While school was often a place of stability for her students and their families, COVID changed everything.

In this bonus episode of School Colors, we look at the pandemic through the eyes of one elementary school principal, and how Covid-19 rocked education in the district – especially on the Southside.