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.