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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Jennifer Hernandez

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...

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Dawn Little

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...

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