(WICHITA, Kan.) — The Wichita School District opens five new schools this year and many teachers are looking forward to the new facilities. Jaime Peterman is one of them. She teaches art at the new Christa McAuliffe Academy, but she'll miss the first day of school and the first few weeks of the year as well.
"Not only is it a new school but it's kind of a new phase in my life," Peterman explains. "I found out about six weeks ago that I had a brain tumor."
The school hired a long-term substitute, Judi Michaelis, to fill in during Peterman's absence. But Peterman wants to make sure that her students are going to know her while she's receiving treatments.
"The goal is for me to come back to my classroom and we're hoping to explore some technology possibilities of perhaps me Skyping with the kids, so they get to know me so I'm not that weird colorful art lady who comes in at some point in the year, after they get used to the long-term sub that I'm going to have."