“I lost my middle school music teacher to a car accident in the fall of 2015. It was abrupt. Unexpected. I remember receiving multiple messages on Facebook from a number of people who knew her and knew how much I modeled myself after her.
Dealing with her death was difficult. I did not attend the memorial service because I did not wish to see the unhappy faces of people who appreciated her. I was avoidant and I found myself busier than I needed to be. I was supportive from a distance because I was having a hard time facing the facts.
I know that she would be proud of [my] progress as a music educator. My emotions of disbelief were converted into strength. This strength drives my passion in the classroom since I use it to influence my current students. Just like how she influenced me and made herself a strong figure in my life.”