Kelly Klein, a kindergarten teacher in Minnesota, is setting history as she takes classes from the hospital while getting her chemotherapy done. A life-threatening sickness like cancer couldn't slow her down as an educator as she kept teaching her 5-year-old students via virtual classes.
Kelly needs to get her therapy done once a month and there, she takes her laptop and supplies along to spend those 5-6 hours with her little friends. She calls this time the ‘bright spot’ of her days.
"Teaching 5-year-olds I always say is like going to Disney World. Everything is exciting and they're so excited about everything that it gets me excited. When you're at chemo and you're around a lot of sick people, it's kind of a depressing place to be. For me, to be around 5-year-olds during that time, it's like a slice of normalcy in an abnormal environment," Kelly tells Good Morning America.
The principal of Falcon Heights Elementary School, where Kelly has taught for over 3 decades, admires the latter's strength and virtue. The principal and Kelly’s students’ parents really appreciate the fact that she hasn’t ceased to teach after what she’s going through. They believe both Kelly and the kids are helping each other grow in this way.
Due to COVID, Kelly is not allowed to have anybody in the hospital beside her while she gets her treatment done, but how amazing that her students are always with her! “I get the energy from the kids like they get the energy from me, I get as much out of it as the kids,” says Kelly.
Kelly’s old students, who have grown older and now have children of their own, are also reaching out to their favourite teacher to tell her how they can never forget her from their school days.
Teachers like Kelly Klein set such an example for the world which is undeniably brave and selfless.
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