While waiting for my flight at the Savannah airport, I heard loud cheers and applause arising from the next gate. Passengers were enthusiastically greeting our uniformed military as they disembarked.
If teachers wore uniforms, I suspect they too would be similarly greeted, especially following the tragic events following the tornado in Moore, Okla.
Our teachers do so much that goes unrecognized. Police and soldiers consciously choose to face mortal danger. Teachers do not. Yet, as we've witnessed at Briarwood and Plaza Towers elementary schools in Moore, as well as the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Conn., teachers sacrificed their lives protecting our precious children.
"She would not hesitate to save anyone before herself, especially her children."
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So stated the mother of a teacher who died shielding her children at Plaza Towers Elementary. Our teachers are our unsung heroes. They are our first responders. Let us take a moment each day to thank our teachers who so deserve to be valued.