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A teacher’s manifesto — and prayer

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

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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.

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

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.

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I pray that these are weapon enough.

Theresa

Gulinello Raymond

Abington

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