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Praise for educators who stand in harm’s way

To the editor:

I don’t know if other folks did this, but in the first few days after the horror of the Newtown massacre, I found myself visualizing the scene and replaying it in my mind at my own schools, Bridge Street and Northampton High School.

In these crazy, horrible imaginings, I saw Beth Choquette and Laurie Sperry, our principal and our school social worker, rushing to the scene — the first responders in our school for every crisis, large and small.

Then, in my mind’s eye, I conjured up Kathy Goodwin-Boyd and Bryan Lombardi running to put themselves in harm’s way.

I could picture them in the front hallway at the high school, in front of Bryan’s office — because that’s what they do, it’s who they are. They always put the safety of the children first. It’s an instinct. It’s in their wiring.

In those first few days after the horror of the Newtown massacre, I found myself thanking the administrators of our schools for the hard work, dedication, commitment and love they offer each and every day. I told them how much I appreciated their daily efforts to make our children safe.

I still do.

Kathy Casale


Kathy Casale is a school psychologist with the Northampton public schools.

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