Thanks to our Teacher by Sandy Staplehurst

Great educators are appreciated by all of us at Breaking the Silence / New Mexico.

They see firsthand the importance of our presentations. They engage, ask questions, add stories of their own, and support their students.

A couple of years ago, I was presenting at an Albuquerque school. The teacher was having problems with his daughter, who was struggling. Afterward, he came up to me and thanked me not only for educating the class, but also for teaching him.

The following semester, I went back to his class. He told me that with what he had learned, opened a dialogue with his daughter. They went to a therapist together, and got her on a treatment plan that has been working well. He was also able to keep an eye on his son, just in case he needed help. 

Last year, at the beginning of the school year, we were reaching out to the teachers to begin scheduling. We learned one teacher had switched schools. She not only scheduled us to come to her new school— she talked to the other health teachers and they scheduled presentations.

We spent the day giving presentations to a Junior ROTC program. The teacher saw the value of our presentations, and passed our information to his colleague in Farmington. Because of this referral, we were able to present in Farmington for the first time

Thank you to all of you. We look forward to seeing you in the fall, and to build new relationships with teachers across our communities.

-- Sandy Staplehurst, Lead Facilitator