Goodwill + Empathy = Compassion

I read a fantastic blog post by my friend and former colleague, Marina Gijzen.  Marina is an exceptional teacher who, in my opinion, embodies the very definition of a compassionate teacher.  If I had my way, I would make sure we lived in the same spot by the time my daughter is in third grade just so she could have the good fortune to have Mrs. Gijzen as her teacher.

Marina’s latest blog post, Do Unto Others As They’d Like Done Unto Them is fantastic. I love the post for its thoughtfulness, its insight, and the way it demonstrates Marina’s constant and consistent concern for the children in her care.

At the end of her post, she asks the question:

How would you assess your level of compassion in the classroom?


My friend Denise, just had her journey to create a family documented by a photographer.  Denise’s story is a testament to her tenacity, her kind heart, and her compassion. It is a beautiful story and one that is so lovingly told in Denise’s own voice: Click here for Video

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For more information on Denise’s story, click here.