Rose recounts her experience on September 11 while being the teacher of an eleventh grade class. This essay demonstrates a teacher's need to be a leader and caregiver in the face of disaster, and subsequently allow for reflection and processing of emotions. Initially, her job stifled her own emotional response to the attack, but she was eventually able to use curriculum and creativity in the classroom to help herself and her students engage and reflect on their experiences.

Author Biography

Megan Rose Holds an M.A. in International and Transcultural Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She completed her B.A. at Duke University. In addition to extensive travel and volunteer work in Europe and Asia, Megan spent three years teaching photography, history, math, and English as a Foreign Language in Italy and Japan. She is currently teaching English literature to the tenth and eleventh grades at the Little Red Schoolhouse Elisabeth Irwin High School (LREI) in Lower Manhattan.



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