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Meet Storm E. Weather

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Water and Sun 

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Weather 22 By Kim Underwood

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

APRIL 19, 2021 – Students at Walkertown Elementary can learn about clouds, rain, the seasons, the jet stream and much more from their own weather person – Storm E. Weather.

When it’s time to help students learn about other topics, Storm E. Weather pulls of the Dollar Store mustache and becomes fifth-grade teacher Olivia Constandinidi.

Constandinidi created the videos last spring when everyone began learning remotely. Weather is one of the learning standards for fifth grade.

“I just wanted to come up with a fun way to review weather,” she said.

She had seen a weather channel for young people.

“I thought I would do that with my kids,” she said. “It might be a fun way for them to laugh and review weather.”

Weather 5 She borrowed a shirt and tie from her father, bought a packet of mustaches at the Dollar Store, tied her hair back and went to work.

Not surprisingly, it took a lot of work.

“It took a very long time to make them,” she said.

About 36 hours later – with the help of her two cats, Jack and Theo - she had created four videos – each in the neighborhood of 10 minutes.

While it was a lot of work, it was also a lot of fun. She particularly enjoyed the one about clouds.

“I like talking about the clouds,” Constandinidi said.

This is Constandinidi’s second year as a teacher.

Ever since she knew what a teacher was when she was a little girl, she wanted to become one, and she drafted her younger sister Charlotte - who now goes to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro – as her student.

When Constandinidi headed off to Appalachian State University, she pictured herself teaching one of the early elementary grades, such as kindergarten.

When, as a student teacher at Piney Grove Elementary, she worked with students in fourth grade, she discovered she thoroughly enjoyed working with students a bit older as they were becoming more independent and developing more of a sense of who they are.

“Now that I am a teacher, I love that about them,” she said.

Weather 54 When she began applying for jobs after she graduated in 2019, she was hired at Walkertown Elementary.

After the videos came out, she discovered that some fifth-graders were of the opinion that she should be a bit embarrassed about becoming Storm E. Weather.

At the same time, they also enjoyed the videos quite a bit.

These days, Constandinidi is teaching 10 students in person and another 17 who are still learning remotely.

Her work days are packed, and it may be 7:30 or 8 p.m. before she is able to head home.

 

Kim Underwood
rkunderwood@wsfcs.k12.nc.us
336.727.2696 Ext. 70114