I know that there has been a vote going on for awhile with 40 or so nominees, some of wwhom are very deserving, but the vote should stop now.
The Sandy Hook teachers showed up to work yesterday with their usual lesson plans, and probably a bag lunch. They've practiced some emergency fire drills, but had no formal training for a crisis like this.
Some remarkable stories are trickling out. A first grade teacher named Victoria Soto, only 27, hid her entire class and told the shooter that they were sent to the gym. She was shot and killed, but her class is alive. Another hid her entire class in the bathroom, and when the police knoked on the door, she had her wits about her and wouldn't open the door until she was sure it really was the police. Another thought that they were all going to die but her only thought was to keep her kids calm and tell them all that they were loved, so that they could hear reassuring words and not the sound of gunfire. The late principal or administrator who flipped on the intercom to let everyone know of the danger could be included in this as well to expand it to teachers and administrators.
We ask a lot of our teachers, but this is the last thing in the world that we would ever think that they would need to do. They had nothing to rely on but their instincts and they had to protect dozens of innocent kids scared out of their minds.
It is hard to find good in a story like this, but a lot of children are alive due to the heroism of the adults who are trusted to take care of them, some of whom sacrificed their own lives to do so, which isn't supposed to be part of the risk of the job they signed up for.