My daughter is a second grade teacher - in her 19th (maybe 20th)yikes! - year of teaching. This is what she posted on her facebook page. ....the responses from her fellow teachers and parents of students was amazing to read....She is a beautiful woman inside and out - a wonderful wife....a fantastic mother to 4 amazing sons - and a daughter her father and I are proud of beyond life itself...I LOVE YOU SHANNON with all that I am...
If we take one thing from this tragedy it should be to love each other more. Not just your own children, but everyone. Be kind to all those you meet, especially the most miserable ones, for those are the people that need your love the most. I am proud to be a teacher. It is a blessing and a priviledge. This tragedy reminds all teachers of the enormity of our role. Love the students who enter your classroom with all your heart. Give them your best each day. Appreciate the impact and responsibility you have and keep them safe. Tomorrow going to be an emotional day...wish us luck. May God send love and the right words our way.
...and her response to a comment..
When I am done talking to my class they'll be convinced that I taught Kung Fu Panda everything he knows. I'll be wearing green and white to honor Newtown and a black belt to convince my kids I can protect them no matter what. I don't want them to have fear...that feeling just sucks.