Teachers -  Our Unsung Heroes

Teachers - Our Unsung Heroes

September 17, 2020 by Cathy Stack

Contessa Hubbard Bass, found a way to creatively interact with her special needs student despite the Covid 19 outbreak. Having no classroom to teach in did not stop Contessa. She went right to his home to read to him while standing in the rain on his front lawn, proving her love and dedication for her students knows no bounds.

Contessa’s student, Demarion Pittman, has special needs due to a traumatic brain injury.  Even though Demarion can’t see well or walk without help, he can still hear.  He was clearly thrilled as he listened to his teacher read to him from the comfort of his doorway.  She read from the book, “Grasshopper and the Ant,” as she acted out parts in her unique animated fashion.  It is as if the teacher and student have developed their own special language. 

When asked by a reporter, what she was doing there?  “Love.  Letting him know I’m still here,” the teacher replied. Demarion’s mother praised Contessa’s dedication but was not at all surprised by it knowing the teacher’s kind nature.  The teacher’s presence brings her son comfort and stability in a very disorienting time for him.  “He's not in his normal school environment. I'm sure he's wondering why we're all at home every single day together,” his mother commented. Teachers know that students learn best when they are in a comfortable and safe environment and they strive to create that for them.  They offer their students more than lessons; they offer kindness and encouragement which often have a positive transformative influence in their student’s lives.  Contessa shows us the unique relationship a teacher has with an amazing special needs student such as Demarion. Her story clearly illustrates the real meaning of special education and the value of true dedication

“I just think that's great, that she would go above and beyond. I think teachers are heroes,” said Demarion’s mother, clearly grateful for the teacher’s dedication.  PassItOn also believes teachers are heroes.  They have one of the hardest jobs as they serve many roles such as counselor, disciplinarian and educator.  They calm fears, boost confidence and provide their students with the tools needed for future success.  Dedicated teachers ensure that each child knows that they are special and valued. They see potential and refuse to give up.  Instead they find innovative ways to make lessons engaging and interesting for their students in order to ignite their passion for learning.  PassItOn honors Contessa and all teachers for their dedicated service.  Please help us celebrate all teachers by sharing this heartwarming story.

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Your Comments
Lynne from Winsted, Ct. SEPTEMBER 24, 2020
Next to parenting, teaching is probably one of the most important jobs on the planet. They not only educate but they aid in creating productive members of society. In today’s climes, Covid-19 aside, teachers’ jobs are not what they used to be; it has become more difficult, dangerous, etc. Yet, they carry on, as apparent here with Contessa and her beloved student Demarion. Teachers truly are unsung heroes.

Terri from South Carolina SEPTEMBER 17, 2020
I am honored to love and respect a similar teacher, Sharon Mahon. Her students are given 100% of her teaching and care.

saul from austin, tx SEPTEMBER 17, 2020
I knew a teacher in the third grade that sat with me after class and tutored me. That was probably not easy for her, because I spoke a foreign language at the time and she spoke English. At 50, I still remember this caring teacher. I don't remember her name, but I do remember her sincere heart and the dedication she had for her students. Anyone that stays after class to mentor his or her students gets an A plus in my book. Thank you Mrs. K from Mesa, AZ, Lowell Elementary 1978-79.

Dianne Rankin from North Carolina SEPTEMBER 17, 2020
This demonstration of Love put a lump in my throat. What Awesomeness!!! I'm a believer that their are still more"good people" in the world than not. Thank you for going Way Beyond your title.

Dad & Jean SEPTEMBER 17, 2020
Proud of You & what you do !


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