Letters
    Next Score View the next score

    letters | tragedy at Danvers High School

    A teacher’s manifesto — and prayer

    Students embraced at a memorial for slain math teacher Colleen Ritzer outside Danvers High School Thursday.
    Brian Snyder/Reuters
    Students embraced at a memorial for slain math teacher Colleen Ritzer outside Danvers High School Thursday.

    I became a teacher to share my excitement for learning, to open minds, to touch hearts and expand worlds, not to be shot.

    I became a teacher to pass on the wisdom handed down to me, to be a link in a chain, a bridge from one generation to the next, a planter of seeds that I will never harvest, not to be stabbed.

    I became a teacher to lead my students to new ideas, not down hallways over the bodies of their classmates.

    Advertisement

    My heart is heavy as I think about entering my classroom armed only with knowledge and energy, the intention to inform and transform, but most of all, love of language, literature, and students.

    Get Arguable in your inbox:
    Jeff Jacoby on everything from politics to pet peeves to the passions of the day.
    Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

    I pray that these are weapon enough.

    Theresa

    Gulinello Raymond

    Abington