As a teacher, I've always been concerned about school safety, but its value and importance have grown exponentially since Dec. 14, 2012. I know this is true for most Americans, but for me it's especially true.
My mother, Mary Sherlach, was the school psychologist at Sandy Hook Elementary School. She was in her 18th year there and absolutely loved her school. That's what she always called it: her school. She was the most senior member of the staff and felt as though all the precious children in that building were her own flesh and blood.
When danger appeared on the morning of Dec. 14, she acted as a mother. She put herself in harm's way and helped to slow an unimaginable evil that had been unleashed on her kids and colleagues.