American Sign Language Teacher and Varsity Baseball Coach Jeoffrey Langill felt that Forman students responded very well to the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, especially in his area of expertise. “I think sign language might have actually been easier to teach remotely than other subjects,” says Mr. Langill. “Distance learning is mainly visual and it was easy for me through Zoom or videos to put the students in situations that showed them how deaf people communicate every day. If they want to get in touch, they use FaceTime, Google Chat, and video conferencing software. It really sharpened the ideas behind sign language.”
Mr. Langill and his family, who live in school housing near campus, coped with Covid-19 by staying active outside this past fall, keeping it local, and enjoying the over 200 acres of the Forman campus. Mr. Langill’s wife, Ashli, manages Forman’s Instagram account when she is not being a mom to Brycen, eight, Bria, six, and Alaina, four. Before moving off campus, the Langills were dorm parents in Hamilton and they miss aspects of that life. “When we moved out of Hamilton, my son lost 20 older brothers,” says Mr. Langill. “We always appreciated how nice the students were to all of our children. I still get emails or texts from alumni and they ask about my kids as much as they ask about me. Those relationships are special and an important part of Forman life."
J Term for Mr. Langill will be teaching “The Global Impact of YouTube” with Mathematics Teacher Zack Zampaglione. The students will launch their own channels and perhaps uncover some passions they want to pursue. “There are videos on YouTube of people simply opening packages that get millions of views,” says Mr. Langill. “We’ll try to get to the bottom of that as well.”