My son (with the green hair in this picture) is currently in the hospital. He is scheduled to be discharged on Monday evening according to his doctors.
I missed school suddenly on Thursday (1/2 the day) and Friday. I was so grateful for the time to take care of my family. Thursday when everything went down in school, I asked what I should do, they said, "Get your coat and leave." I literally walked back to my classroom, got my things and left. My co-teacher stepped up to wrap up loose ends.
I felt very supported and very much a part of the community. I know I joke a lot about "I'm not from here" a good bit, but last week, I felt I belonged.
Not many school districts can boast that. We left the East Coast to follow work opportunities. We have found so much more.
I'm an 8th grade English teacher in Bellevue, Nebraska, and I'm excited about technology in the classroom.