A Sandy Hook Parent Writes an Open Letter to Teachers

Nelba Marquez-Greene lost her 6-year-old daughter, Ana Grace, in the Sandy Hook shooting last December. In her letter, which appears on the Remembering Ana Facebook page, she talks about how it takes guts to be a teacher.

“Your courage will support students who are left out and overlooked, like the isolated young man who killed my daughter. You will have kids facing long odds for whom your smile, your encouraging word, and your willingness to go the extra mile will provide the comfort and security they need to try again tomorrow.”

“When you Google “hero,” there should be a picture of a principal, a school lunch worker, a custodian, a reading specialist, a teacher, or a bus monitor. Real heroes don’t wear capes. They work in America’s schools.”

To read the full letter, click here.