Ten years ago my routine Tuesday morning was shattered, as it was for all Americans that September 11th. I watched the second airplane crash into the towers and left for work. I knew that day in my classroom would be different. I was no longer the Spanish and French teacher… I was simply a teacher… A teacher who had to explain to the kids the historic events that were changing our world.
Lessons of heroism, racism, politics, fanaticism, stereotypes would follow in days and years to come.
Ten years later, I stood on the roof top of our school and took pictures of children who were four and younger when 9-11 happened. They stood proud to be Americans, honored the fire department for being true heroes, listened to the incredible voice of Ariana Gonzales sing our national anthem and then… around a thousand children and their teachers held a moment of silence.