Monday, December 17, 2012

I'm proud to be an American Public School Teacher

I've never been so proud to be an American public elementary school teacher.  Like everyone, I am devastated and immensely saddened by the unbelievable tragedy at Sandy Hook School in Connecticut this past Friday.  Honestly, I'm a little nervous to head back to school today.  I know some kids will need to talk about the tragedy while others just won't be ready to yet.  Due to this, at my school, we're not conducting classroom-wide discussions, but we are letting students know that we are there for them if they want to come to us individually.  I also know that no matter how difficult it is for me to face it, it's my duty to do so.  It's my duty to be there for my 24 students.  I'm going to honor our newest American heroes today by going to school, opening my classroom door, and being there for my kiddos.

My close friend and fellow teacher, Jim Meinginger, said it best.  I told him this past Saturday evening that I didn't know if I could be strong and without tears for my students on Monday.  He responded by saying, "You have to.  You have to honor those teachers in Sandy Hook by going to school and doing your job."  Thank you, Jim. You're right.

Today, we have new American heroes, Rachel Davino, Dawn Hochsprung, Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Rousseau, Victoria Soto, and Mary Sherlach.  I'm paying tribute to you today by going to school and doing what I signed-up for: to help children learn, feel confident, and feel safe.  I'm going to teach.

Off to school I go.

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