“They Were My Kids”

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Julie Vincentsen

Posted by on Oct 29, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Julie Vincentsen

September 5, 2001: I was on top of the world. After having just recently graduated with my Masters in Education I was starting my first ever teaching job. American History was my passion and I was so excited to share my passion and love for this country with my 8th grade students. I was excited to be a part of developing their patriotism while, at the same time, being honest about our country’s mistakes.   September 11, 2001: I remember it like it was yesterday. My well thought out lesson to generate discussion. The thought bubble in the...

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Pam Uruburu

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pam Uruburu

I was about 5 weeks pregnant, teaching my period 3 AP seniors, in a high school on Long Island, about 50 miles from NYC.  The principal’s voice came over the PA to announce that there was an accident and that a plane hit one of the Twin Towers.  At this time, there was no mention of a terrorist act.  There were some audible gasps and a buzz of conversation before the bell rang and the period was over. When I went into the English Resource Room/teachers’ work area, I noticed someone had set up the television.  We all just stood staring at the...

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Julie Kirchner

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Julie Kirchner

I was at school, but kids had not arrived. A colleague came into my room and said, “Turn the TV on. A plane hit one of the twin towers.” As we watched the smoke and flames and listened to the guesses as to how it happened, we watched the second plane hit. We turned to each other with realization and tears in our eyes. The students started showing up about 30 minutes later. Many knew something was going on. Our principal told us to keep the TVs turned off. We couldn’t wait for prep and lunch to be able to get updates. We...

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Vicky Deletrain

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Vicky Deletrain

I was prepping for class when a student who happened to be a recent immigrant from Pakistan, came into my class crying, she had heard on the radio that a plane had hit the first tower. She said her mom was sure it wasn’t an accident. I tried to reassure her that it probably was and sent her to her class with a hug. I turned on the tv in time to see the second plane fly into the second tower, on live tv. Now I was about to have a break down as my husband was on his way to work in that city and my brother was supposed to be flying home to...

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Jennifer Hernandez

Posted by on Sep 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

September 11, 2001 I was standing at my classroom door during passing time when I first heard the news. The middle school hallway hummed with the energy of a new school year. Ms. Freeman, whose office was next door to my classroom, strode over to me, leaned in close, and said in a low voice, “A plane just crashed into the Twin Towers in New York. Don’t say anything to the kids.” My brain, busy with monitoring students and mentally reviewing the next hour’s lesson plan, did an internal headshake. Why is she telling me this? What does an...

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Dawn Little

Posted by on Sep 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

It began as any other fall day; that gorgeous blue sky and beautiful temperatures. In Montgomery County, MD, just outside the nation’s capital, we were already into our third week of school in my 5th grade class. It was my student Shannon’s birthday, so as students filed in right around 9 am, we wished her a happy birthday and got started on our morning routines. A little after 9 am, while students were still sharpening pencils and turning in homework, my principal came in and whispered in my ear, “A plane crashed into the World Trade Center...

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Kim Keith

Posted by on Aug 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I live in Sandwich on Cape Cod right next to the Air Force base. My husband, who had been in the Air Force during Vietnam, works overnights and had come home and gone to bed. The phone rang at school at about 9:15 and my husband said, “There is something wrong”. I thought he was talking about himself and he then said, “More jets have scrambled from the base then ever before”. I work in the library so I turned on the T.V. All day long staff drifted in and out and we watched in horror and disbelief.

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Lesley B.

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

The day comes back in pieces, small bits of memory from nearly 15 years ago. I recall walking towards the media center (a.k.a. our school library) to use the copy machine, probably, and as I reach for and try to turn the handle of the heavy wooden door to enter, I realize it’s locked. That’s odd! I continue walking; turn a corner and head toward the office. I can cut through the main office to reach the media center! I take a couple of steps into the office and through the huge glass window in the middle of the door I can see people inside....

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Lisa

Posted by on Aug 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

“Good morning everyone. The office would like to let you all know that there had been an explosion in New York near the World Trade Center. If you’ve got time, you might want to turn your TVs on. Thanks.” It was the second day of school for the year. We’d had a late start because there was construction on the school that had been delayed. I was teaching in South Jersey – almost in the exact middle between the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. I think everyone of the 20 classrooms in my building had a television turned on within minutes....

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Jennifer Clark

Posted by on Aug 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

On September 11, 2001, I was in my first semester of student teaching in an incredibly rural school district in Western NY. I had a 45 minute drive everyday to a school surrounded by nothing but farmland for miles. I was responsible for 22 kindergarten students during that time. Now, in 2001, I still didn’t see the need for me to have a cell phone, so according to the children of today, we were still working with the dinosaurs of technology, the tv and radio. We were in the middle of teaching a lesson to our students when someone had...

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