I recently had the opportunity to read a letter Nelba Marquez-Greene wrote to the teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary prior to the start of this school year. Marquez-Green's six-year old daughter Ana Grace was one of 20 first-graders killed along with six staff members on December 14, 2012. While waiting to receive word about Ana on that fateful day, Marquez-Greene said that she and her husband made a promise to "face the future with courage, faith and love."
In her letter, she wished the the teachers returning to school those same virtues - courage, faith and love. Courage to support students who are left out and overlooked. Faith to know that the hard work is having a profound impact on students and a deep love for teaching.
Marquez-Greene concluded her letter to the teachers with the following, "As you begin your school year, remember Ana Grace. Walk with courage, with faith and with love..."
The complete text of Marquez-Greene's letter to the teachers can be found at: http://bit.ly/13HrnBF