I am in a biweekly evening class of adults (who are mostly strangers to one another) learning German at beginner level (A1). Our first lesson contrasted with the next four, which were given by a different teacher and were felt to be much more helpful and enjoyable. She was covering for the first teacher, who was sick. After lesson two with our new teacher, one student collected email addresses (though I didn't give mine) and emailed the course director asking the new teacher to take over permanently.
Our old teacher has now returned, is aware that this email was written, and made a pointed comment to the instigator. Naturally things are awkward, and our German lessons are less enjoyable. Given that a change in teacher was never likely, how can I or we help put things back on track?