Hero Kindergarten Teacher Continues To Teach Virtually While Getting Chemotherapy

Remote Teacher Chemo
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Teachers are incredible. If you didn’t think that before, you DEFINITELY think that now after seeing what they’ve had to endure to teach kids during a global pandemic. From inventive remote learning techniques to handling the flux education patterns and plans, teachers are redefining going above and beyond for our kids. And one, in particular, has set the bar at an even higher level. Kelly Klein, a kindergarten teacher from Minnesota, has continued to teach remote kindergarten DURING her chemo treatments for a second bout with ovarian cancer.

After she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer for a second time, Klein made the decision to teach for as long she could. She told Good Morning America teaching is her passion, as her three-plus decades in the game can attest.

“I’m going to make the most of my time,” she said. “I don’t take anything for granted.” So she made her treatment facility, a room at a local health care center, her virtual classroom and teaches 5-and-6-year-olds while getting chemo treatments. She literally brings her laptop and all of her supplies and gets to work.

“When you’re at chemo and you’re around a lot of sick people, it’s kind of a depressing place to be. For me, to be around 5-year-olds during that time, it’s like a slice of normalcy in an abnormal environment.”

Her principal said the teacher is beloved by students and colleagues alike, and that she did not want to take a leave after her latest diagnosis. Klein said she gets energy from the kids, and that they help her through the five-hour treatments since she’s not allowed to have any visitors with her during that time.

She’s been described as the type of teacher that students remember long after they’ve moved on, and it is not hard to see why. Just legendary, to battle cancer a second time WHILE having the energy to be there for students, which is not easy even when you’re healthy.

Truly next level stuff, and a testament to the profession.

Dad Surprises Daughter by Revealing He’s Graduating From the Same University

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Graduating is an accomplishment that deserves to be celebrated. Whether you’re graduating from elementary school or medical school, your hard work and dedication should be recognized. When 23-year-old Taleigh Loven graduated from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix with her bachelor’s degree in psychology last October, her dad decided to celebrate with her. This was no ordinary celebration, though – it was a surprise celebration that was several years in the making.

During Taleigh’s celebration, her dad Mike Loven walked in wearing a GCU alumni shirt. Understandably, his family was baffled. Mike had never been one for keeping secrets – in fact, when his diploma showed up in the mail, Mike’s wife was convinced there had been some sort of mistake.

“The confusion was a lot of fun. I don’t keep secrets,” Loven told “Good Morning America.” “[My wife], she thought GCU had sent my daughter’s diploma and accidentally put my name on it.”

Though Mike is successful in his career as the owner of a staffing company, in 2016, he realized something was missing. He started school in secret while both of his kids worked towards their own degrees. You know the trick where kids stick a comic book inside the book they’re supposed to be reading for school? This impressively sneaky dad basically did the opposite.

“They thought I was working on a spreadsheet for work when in reality I was working on a spreadsheet in an accounting class,” he explained.

Mike studied, completed assignments, and took exams over four and a half years without his family catching on. While working full-time and going to school, Mike maintained a 3.99 GPA and finally graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics.

“During the time that he was working on his degree, he carried the load for us as he has for my entire life,” Taleigh said. “His selfless act shows a glimpse to his character. Words truly cannot express how proud I am of him.”

Prominent Harvard Professor Says Alien Technology Visited in 2017

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There has never been a better time to be a UFO nerd. We’ve had plenty of exciting space news in the past few years, including a report the Pentagon recovered off-world vehicles, UFO videos becoming declassified, and now a prominent Harvard physicist who claims an alien has ALREADY visited us three years ago.

In a new book coming out later this month, the chair of Harvard’s Astronomy Department, Avi Loeb, argues compellingly that an object that wandered into our solar system several years ago wasn’t a rock, but a piece of alien technology. This goes along with the theory that says our first signs of an alien civilization won’t be an invasion or landing, but the discovery of their trash floating in space.


His book, titled “Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth” examines something called Oumuamua, an interstellar object first observed in our solar system in 2017. Some scientists wrote it off as a comet, but Loeb said there are compelling reasons why it’s not.

“What would happen if a caveman saw a cellphone?” he said to the New York Post. “He’s seen rocks all his life, and he would have thought it was just a shiny rock.”

The theoretical physicist argues in his book that the dimensions of the object, five to 10 times “longer than it was wide” is not typical for a natural space object. Not only is it not typical, but it’s also completely unlike anything we’ve seen before. It was also much brighter and shinier than most comets.

And the movement of the cigar-like shaped object also supports his theory, as it’s pushing away from the sun’s gravitational pull was “highly statistically significant.” He called that movement the straw that broke the camel’s back in claiming it was a normal comet.

He theorized it could be space junk, discarded from another civilization.

“The only way to look for [alien civilizations] is to look for their trash,” he said. As if we don’t pick up enough trash on our own, now we gotta start cleaning up after the aliens.

Matthew McConaughey Crashed a Texas Teachers’ Virtual Meeting

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Usually, when teachers are holding a discussion via Zoom, they pray that there are no surprise guest stars. I know I do my best not to accidentally video bomb my kids’ classes when they’ve got the computer open in the kitchen! But not all surprise guests are created equal.

A group of 900 teachers in Texas found this out first-hand when they were holding a staff meeting and Oscar-winning actor and everybody’s favorite professor and bingo caller, Matthew McConnaughey, suddenly showed up to express his gratitude for what they do, and what they’ve been doing during the pandemic.

The meeting was being held by the Independent School District in La Porte, Texas, on Thursday morning.

“That was amazing. It made my day and put a smile on my face,” said Misti Prock, College Park Elementary School nurse. “What a kind man to give his time to talk to us.”

McConnaughey explained that his mother was a public school teacher, so he has a lot of respect for what they do.

“I’m a public school son. My mom taught in public schools for thirty-something years,” McConaughey, 50, told the group. “What a valuable occupation y’all have. What you do as an educator, that’s never going to go out of style.”

Nowadays the actor is a bit of a teacher himself, at the University of Texas, and he understands and appreciates the staff’s concern about the pandemic.

“Let’s all remember that we are going to get out of this. It’s going to pass, and we’ll be looking at this situation of our lives in the rear view mirror, and our students will as well,” he said. “Keep your head up. We’ll get out of this on the other side because that’s just what we’re gonna do.”

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He Was in a Gang Before the Age of 10, Now He’s Missouri’s Teacher of the Year

Former gang member named Missouri's teacher of the year
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Every single day, we make thousands of choices. Some are trivial, like what to have for dinner or what radio station to listen to on the way to work. But other decisions are major, even if they don’t seem that way at the time. Each choice we make leads to a new list of choices, and ultimately, each decision we’ve made so far has led us to exactly where we are at this very moment. We can’t go back and change decisions we’ve already made, but as Darrion Cockrell reminds us, every second is an opportunity to make a different choice.

Darrion Cockrell is a PE teacher at Crestwood Elementary in St. Louis, Missouri. He’s loved dearly by his students and coworkers, so much so that he was recently named Missouri’s teacher of the year. The smiling, warm-hearted man who students call Mr. DC is a teacher any of us would have been lucky to have. He’s charismatic, deeply cares for his students, and teaches them both about physical education and about life.

Growing up though, few people who knew him would have envisioned Mr. DC to be the success story he is today. Many of the friends he had growing up are either dead and in jail because unlike DC, they continued to make the same choices they made on a daily basis.

“Six-deuce-87 Kitchen Crip gangster. Yup, your 2021 Teacher of the Year used to be in a gang,” Cockrell said.

In his Teacher of the Year acceptance speech, Cockrell explained that his challenging upbringing helped land him where he is today, thanks to the help of teachers and mentors who taught him to work hard and be compassionate – positive role models who reminded him that he had a lot to offer the world.

In a video shared by his school district, Cockrell credits two PE teachers in particular for showing him an enormous amount of kindness and helping him love school. He was taken from his parents and placed in a boys home at a young age, and even though he faced struggles no child should face, he looked to positive role models to guide him.

Now, he uses his position as a teacher and role model to remind his own students of their potential. Cockrell explains, “all of us have the power to change the trajectory of someone’s life, to make a positive impact on our students. It’s what I try to do every day. All it takes is one person, one interaction, one kind word to make the world a better place.”

Teacher Gets Second Job To Ensure Each of Her Students Gets Christmas Presents

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Being a kid during the Christmas season often means dreaming about what presents you’ll get. Sure, kids love spending time with family and watching The Polar Express for the 27th time, but anticipation builds until the moment they get to rip open every box under the tree with their name on it. For some families though, especially this year, buying Christmas gifts is a luxury they really can’t afford. Every parent wants to watch their kids shriek with joy after opening the present they’ve been dreaming about for months – but realistically, having food and a warm place to live is the priority.

Renee Dixson is the teacher all of us wanted as kids, the kind that cares deeply about her students and would go to bat in a heartbeat for every single one of them. She’s the preschool director at Lynhurst Baptist Church in Indiana, and she knows just how hard this year has been on her students and their families.

Because of COVID, many of her students’ family members have lost their jobs, and more families than ever before are relying on food banks for survival. Dixson knows her students, especially the ones whose families are struggling, deserve to have an exciting Christmas. Kids aren’t ready for the harsh realities of life – especially preschool-age kids who see their friends showing off their Christmas loot, those students aren’t fully able to comprehend that buying Christmas gifts just isn’t doable for their families this year.

Rather than helping her students cope with having a giftless Christmas, this superhero of a woman started driving for Uber to bring in some extra cash. Every dollar she earned went to buying Christmas gifts for her 50 students, and even her staff members.

Dixson vowed to work up until Christmas eve, whatever it took to ensure none of her students went without this year. Though she’s a mother and grandmother herself, Dixson has been pouring her time and energy into kids who need her more right now. After her community caught wind of Dixson’s admirable mission, donations poured in to help her purchase the gifts.

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“I always wanted to be that teacher that I never had,” Dixson told WTHR. “I know how it feels to be down as a child because your parent doesn’t have anything.”

“I have to do this because if I don’t do it for these children, then I let them down.”

 

Schools Are Replacing Snow Days With Remote Learning and It’s Bullsh*t

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It’s that time of the year, where kids pray every night for a massive winter storm to wipe out the next morning’s school day. But it’s 2020, the “year like no other”, so even the simple joys of a snow day are called into question, as some school districts are shamefully opting for “remote days” when snow is preventing in-person classes. This. Is. Garbage.

It started in New York City, in advance of their biggest snowstorm in years, when the mayor said in-person learning would be closed but that all students would be expected to report for remote learning. They won’t be the last. The New York Times wrote about how remote learning could end snow days forever.

Before going further, because virus strategy can get highly politicized, let me unequivocally state my support for wearing masks, science, doing whatever we can to protect the most people. School administrators (like many) are facing incredibly difficult decisions, and have navigated tremendous hardship admirably, whether they ended up in-person (kids, especially younger ones, don’t seem to be transmitting the virus), hybrid, or fully remote. There are no easy answers.

But during a year full of stress and hardship, we can all agree that kids could use a damn snow day. Hell, we could ALL use a snow day. It’s one of the true joys of being a kid, getting a random day off to skip school, play in the snow, and drink hot chocolate. Even if the actual “playing in the snow part” is an hour of looking for old snow gear for 20 minutes of throwing around snowballs before giving up.

Remote learning is impressive, and it’s inspiring the way some teachers have tackled it. Zoom has changed work and school life for the better in some areas (I never want to leave my house for a parent-teacher conference again). And while it’s possible to quickly pivot to a “remote learning day” when in-person learning can’t happen, taking away the novelty of a snow day seems especially cruel.

I totally understand that students are behind and that we lost some time they won’t get back. But that doesn’t get made up in a day. And kids going outside for exercise and to play in the snow, a pretty safe activity, is a huge mental health boost for them. We can’t ignore the psychological benefits of pelting your brother in the face with a snowball.

It’s a crazy year, we all need to take it easier on ourselves. How should this be handled? Like it was by one school district in West Virginia. Facing the same snowstorm, here’s how they responded.

For generations, families have greeted the first snow day of the year with joy.  It is a time of renewed wonder at all the beautiful things that each season holds.  A reminder of how fleeting a childhood can be.  An opportunity to make some memories with your family that you hold on to for life,” the note read. I mean, hard truth on all counts. It goes on:

“It has been a year of seemingly endless loss and the stress of trying to make up for that loss.  For just a moment, we can all let go of the worry of making up for the many things we missed by making sure this is one thing our kids won’t lose this year.

So please, enjoy a day of sledding and hot chocolate and cozy fires.   Take pictures of your kids in snow hats they will outgrow by next year and read books that you have wanted to lose yourself in, but haven’t had the time.  We will return to the serious and urgent business of growing up on Thursday, but for tomorrow…go build a snowman.”

This should be our national snow day policy. “We will return to the serious and urgent business of growing up on Thursday, but for tomorrow…go build a snowman.”

College Professor Moved to Tears by Class’s Surprise Zoom Thank You

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Many parents are deeply aware of how difficult this year has been for our students. And while so many classes have been relegated to Zoom, it’s important to remember and appreciate the incredible amount of work teachers have done to make education happen, even remotely. One college class decided to show their appreciation in a very 2020 way, with the most heartfelt Zoom thank you you’ll see.

One student posted the emotional video on Tik Tok.

@vizzywapduring these tough times it’s important to show extra appreciation! #fyp #foryoupage #zoom #dontletthisflop #college #covid #professor #thankyou♬ original sound – James Blake

Adam Shrager is a high school teacher and an adjunct college professor. After a long day of hybrid teaching at high school, he logs on to teach two college-level statistics classes over Zoom. He’s called it the hardest year of his teaching career. Which is why he was so moved by his class’s show of appreciation.

At the very start of the last class, something seemed wrong, because not a single student had their camera on (Shrager said it was very usual). He starts asking if people can see his video and assumes there is some technical glitch. As he’s working through it, the entire class turns their cameras on at once, and they are all holding homemade thank-you signs.

“You guys freaking rock,” Shrager says in the video. “Oh, that’s like the nicest thing I’ve ever seen.”

He later told Buzzfeed News he was ‘so moved’.

“It was a genuine message acknowledging this Herculean effort that it took to teach class in this environment,” he said.

In a Facebook post about the gesture, Shrager said this has been his hardest semester in 20 years of teaching, but that this Thank You from his students moved him to tears.

Teachers, like many, have had to find new ways to make things work. And it’s not like their pay rose with the extra effort. They did it because that’s what great teachers do, they push themselves to reach their students in any way they can, even against monumental difficulties.

It was 30 students synchronizing a Thank You for one professor, but hopefully, the reverberations are felt by teachers around the world for the job they’ve done this year.

Teacher Pretends To Fart During Online Class, Students’ Reactions Are Priceless

Teacher Pretends to Fart, students reactions are priceless
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For both teachers and students, remote learning is full of challenges, and many teachers are working (even more than usual) overtime to make their lessons successful. Despite the increased workload and stress of simply surviving during a pandemic, many teachers are going above and beyond to increase their students’ engagement and decrease their stress. The goal is to keep students excited about coming to class and learning each day, but as 3rd-grade teacher Emma Ginder demonstrated, the possible ways of achieving that goal are nearly endless.

During a Zoom lesson with her students, Ginder took full advantage of the technology at her fingertips to have some fun at her own expense. Jokes can be hit and miss, but one thing that’s always funny is potty humor. We can pretend that we’re “adults” now, but movies like Step Brothers remind us that farts will never stop being hilarious – in case you forgot, John C Reilly let out an impressive 13-second-long fart during an interview scene, making this movie at least .2% fart – yes I did the math. See? Farts help you learn.

Well, Ginder got the fart memo. In the middle of a lesson with her 3rd graders, she played an unmistakable fart sound. If that wasn’t enough, she really freaking sold it by looking both surprised and embarrassed, before starting to laugh somewhat uncomfortably.

“What was that?” one student asked. “WHAT WAS THAT?!” echoed a second student, already breaking down in the most adorable, hysterical laughter we’ve ever heard. “She farted,” said a third absolutely delighted student.

Ginder shared the footage on Facebook, thrilled that her perfectly-executed plan actually worked. She captioned the video, “Some days you just have to play a toot sound during class to lighten the mood. Way too good not to share. Also, I apologize for having the maturity of an 8 year old boy.”

During a time when everything is significantly harder than usual, finding ways to laugh is increasingly important. Ginder was willing to take one for the team, making herself the butt of the joke (or, you know, making her butt the butt of the joke). Though it probably took a few minutes to get her students back on task, those few minutes were sacrificed for a worthy cause.

Ginder absolutely made her students’ days, and knowing kids, they’ll be telling everyone they encounter about this for weeks to come, reliving the complete and utter delight every single time. If we’ve learned anything here, it’s that achieving success often means you have to take unconventional routes. Sometimes, you just need to be a self-farter – uh, a self-starter.

MD Daughter Proudly Celebrates Dad Officially Becoming a Doctor at 65

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It’s a proud moment for any parent when our kids accomplish their goals. Whether it’s learning to ride a bike without training wheels, getting into their dream school, or getting the role of a lifetime – no accomplishment is too small for parents to celebrate. Occasionally though, the tables turn and kids have the opportunity to honor the accomplishments of their parents. For one woman named Maria Uloko, honoring her dad’s hard work was something she’d waited years to do.

Maria Uloko is a doctor herself, and an enormous proponent of diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Dr. Uloko has worked tirelessly to accomplish her dream, paving the way for others to do the same.

“Yes, I did graduate from medical school at 23,” Dr. Uloko explained on Twitter. “I completed a very competitive 6 year BLA/MD program at UMKC in Kansas City. I am the first Black person from my medical school to match in urology, and the first Black resident to ever graduate from the University of Minnesota urology program. These ‘historic moments’ drive my activism to make urology more inclusive and diverse.”

Though Dr. Uloko intends to spread her message of diversity and inclusiveness around the world, her drive and passion have already inspired someone very important to her – her own dad. In a tweet that’s gained over 300,000 likes in under a week, Dr. Uloko proudly welcomed a second doctor to her family.

The caption reads, “My dad has spent the last 4 years getting his PhD while working two full time jobs. He did it because he didn’t want me to be the only Doctor in the family. At the age of 65, world, meet Dr. Emmanuel Uloko – my father, my biggest cheerleader and who I compare every man to.”

The younger Dr. Uloko (we have to specify now, and we couldn’t be happier) shared a text chain between her and her dad, in which he tells his daughter that he’s officially a doctor. She expresses enormous pride, calling her dad an inspiration.

Dr. Emmanuel Uloko replies, “I told them in my oral defense that my daughter became an MD at 23. That you are my inspiration. That I made a promise to you and that promise kept me going. I love and am proud of you my darling daughter.”

The mutual inspiration, the unwavering support between this father-daughter duo, it’s both heartwarming and motivating. It reminds us that we’re capable of more than we think, and demonstrates just how important it is to support those we love. The response to Dr. Uloko’s tweet was overwhelming, with support pouring in from around the world for the impressive duo.

We’ll be the latest to add ours to the pile – congratulations to both Dr. Ulokos!

Thank a Teacher for Their Help in 2020 With a Free Card From Hallmark

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Parents certainly understand the strain the pandemic has caused. Forget the professional costs (of which there are many), the added stress it’s caused for families as they navigate new school restrictions, and, in many places, remote learning has been intense. But we know that. One group feeling the other end of that strain this year? Teachers and school staff across the country.

Hallmark is honoring that group by giving away 1 million greeting cards to educators for the role they’ve played during the pandemic. We know how hard it is to get a kid to sit still for a Zoom class, imagine being the person responsible for actually teaching to 20+ kids via Zoom. And going just as hard in the paint as parents, teachers are going above and beyond to help kids through this weird time.

“For many parents, navigating their children’s education amidst a pandemic has been a difficult challenge,” a Hallmark spokesman told People Magazine.

“We’ve all seen so many teachers and school staff members rise to the challenge, working long hours and using their imaginations to deliver the best education possible from a remote, hybrid, or in-person learning environment. Despite these changes, one thing remains the same: the sincere connection between teachers and their students.”

Teachers, like parents, have had to get creative to connect and engage with little learners, and while the results may not always be pretty, WE ARE DOING IT. And it’s important to recognize everyone doing what they can to be as good to our kids as they can. If you’ve made your kid sit through a Zoom class, you know how much it sucks, and the endless patience required of teachers to completely re-learn how they teach and structure a classroom.

Is a Hallmark card (or, in this case, three) enough? Probably not, no. But it’s something you can do (for free!), by going through the Hallmark website, and sending some goodwill out to the educators and school staff helping us all through a schoolyear we would love to forget.

Teacher’s Anti-Homework Philosophy Goes Viral

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Let’s be real here: 2020 is a trash fire. Every day something new happens that has all of us shaking our heads, chanting “serenity now!” and leaning on whatever self-care techniques we use to stay say because this year has been hell on our mental health.

And most of us don’t even have crappy ol’ homework to contend with.

Our kids do, though, and under far tougher, and stranger, circumstances than usual. I have to kids doing remote learning and it’s not easy for anyone. The days are long, the interaction with their friends, classmates, and teachers is sparse, and things are hard. And then there’s homework.

Homework sucks, and there is a growing feeling that it doesn’t do much good. There have been studies showing that it’s at best useless and at worst detrimental, and when all the schoolwork takes place at home, it may even be redundant.

One teacher sure thinks so, and she’s gone viral for her stance. Courtney White is a high school teacher and for the past four years, she hasn’t assigned her classes – which include AP courses – any homework. “I believe that the mental health of my students is number one and content comes second,” explained Courtney White.

She shared that sentiment on TikTok and it blew up.

@cmw1129Students do enough work at school, they don’t need more at home! ##teachersoftiktok ##letmeintroducemyself ##fyp ##AirheadsDitchChallenge ##TimeforTENET♬ original sound – iAmJordi

Students love the idea, duh, but not everyone did. So after that TikTok garnered over 1 million views, she shared another one defending her philosophy. And it got 4.6M views.

@cmw1129Reply to @tafgarcia Me not assigning homework, doesn’t make me any less of a teacher. My kids show me mastery of content in class. ##teachersoftiktok♬ original sound – Courtney 💕

Whether you agree with her or not, Courtney definitely seems to know what she’s doing and is probably a better judge of how well her students are learning than the naysayers online. And good for her for taking her students’ mental health into consideration.

She should probably start teaching courses on going viral now too. No homework necessary.

Teacher Saves the Life of Her Student’s Grandma During Remote Learning Session

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The era of remote learning has come with its fair share of challenges. If getting kids to sit and focus on a screen for a day’s worth of lessons isn’t enough, lack of resources and technical problems throw a whole new mess of complications in the mix. As with most of life’s challenges, there is a silver lining. Sometimes remote learning comes with unexpected surprises – special guests, exciting activities, and in the case of one Muskegon Heights elementary school teacher, the ability to save a life.

While teaching her first-graders remotely on September 22, Julia Koch noticed one of her students having technical difficulties. Since students need their devices throughout the school day, it’s important that they charge them regularly. One student, however, explained that her device wouldn’t charge.

Rather than talking a first grader through tech support, Koch asked to speak to the student’s grandma, Cynthia Phillips. Interacting with students’ guardians happens nearly every day, especially when kids are learning from home – but unlike most teacher-guardian interactions, this one was life-saving.

As soon as Phillips started to speak, alarm bells went off in the perceptive teacher’s head.

“When she started speaking, I could tell that there was something wrong. I wasn’t sure what was wrong, but there was something wrong,” Koch told WREG.

Though Koch didn’t know exactly what to tell administrators, she contacted them immediately. She knew the woman needed help, and she knew the administration could quickly locate the students’ home address.

“I need someone at that residence ASAP, please,” a school staffer said to the 911 operator.

Koch’s instincts told her something was very wrong, and she was absolutely right. Phillips was having a stroke. Thanks to this teacher’s quick response, Phillips was rushed to the hospital where she remained for several days. Though recovery is a long and arduous process, the life-saving intervention came quickly enough to mitigate the damage.

As soon as she was well enough to do so, Phillips expressed her immense gratitude to Koch and the school’s staff. “Thank you for saving my life,” Phillips said. “If it wasn’t for them getting me the help, I needed I would’ve just not been here.”