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Becoming a ‘Badass’ Teacher – Education Week Teacher

Mark Nason, founder of the Badass Teachers Association, wrote these words to describe the teacher many of us want to teach with, want to be, want our children to have. They describe a teacher who is courageous, connected, creative … and so much more. I’m not personally a member of the BTA, and in fact [...]

May 1st, 2014|

Education Week: A Sandy Hook Parent’s Letter to Teachers

As another school year begins and old routines settle back into place, I wanted to share my story in honor of the teachers everywhere who care for our children. I lost my 6-year-old daughter Ana Grace on Dec. 14, 2012, in the rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School. My son, who was in the building [...]

September 6th, 2013|

Angels Amongst Us | Lily’s Blackboard

“Take me instead. They’re just babies.” That was the prayer of those babies’ teacher, Anna Canaday. When the Oklahoma tornado hit Plaza Towers Elementary School, she and her colleague, Jessica Simonds, tried to get the kindergartners to shelter. There was no time. She shielded her babies with her body, saving them when a black Ford [...]

August 24th, 2013|