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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Kim Keith

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...

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Lesley B.

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...

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Lisa

“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...

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Jennifer Clark

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...

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