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I am writing today as a teacher. The events at Sandy Hook elementary school have weighed heavily on the minds and hearts of our educators. As the stories of the heroic acts of the teachers became known, I could not help but reflect that these selfless acts are exactly what teachers would do give their lives to protect "their kids."
During terrifying moments and unimaginable circumstances, these teachers reassured, nurtured, supported and expressed their love for the children in their care. Some provided paper and crayons or shared a story to help calm fears. These acts are instinctual to our educators.
Thank you, Sandy Hook teachers, for the powerful, inspirational examples of commitment and compassion you have given us.
David Bosso, the 2012 Connecticut teacher of the year said it perfectly: "In the midst of this unfathomable loss and profound sorrow, you have buoyed our spirits and given us hope. Because of your passion, courage, sacrifice, and devotion, I am once again reassured to proudly declare to educators everywhere: Never again say, 'I am just a teacher.'"
President, Utah Education Association