The COVID-19 pandemic upended higher education, as some schools utilized primarily virtual instruction for more than an entire academic year. As an instructor, I adapted five courses for online teaching, each with unique challenges, such as intensive group projects or laboratory exercises. Throughout the year, I aimed to teach content knowledge to prepare students for the engineering workforce and provide a supportive and compassionate learning environment. This talk will reflect on the lessons learned as a result of the pandemic, emphasizing adapting these insights to in-person instruction. For instance, a flexible policy for late assignments can support students with personal or family emergencies during the term. Additionally, live presentations on Zoom can be easily video-recorded so that students can critique their own performance. Although the pandemic was challenging for both students and instructors, we consider how it spurred meaningful changes in teaching.