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Teachers Are Awesome: Educators as Heroes in Oklahoma Tornado

Teachers in Moore threw their bodies over their students to rescue them. They deserve our gratitude.

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With dozens of fatalities and hundreds injured, a day after a tornado obliterated Moore, Oklahoma, it's easy to understand why Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin said that our "hearts are broken." Yet what gives us hope in the aftermath of tragedies like this are the heroic stories of everyday people going above and beyond to save lives. In particular, those teachers from two elementary schools in Moore, Plaza Towers and Briarwood, gave their all to protect their students.

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Ever have one of those teachers that made a tangible impact on you not just because their instruction was so amazing that you completely fell in love with the subject, but because they imparted unforgettable life lessons? Jeffrey Wright, a physics teacher at Kentucky's Louisville Male High School who's profiled in the above New York Times-produced video, is one such educator. The video was released just before the New Year, so if you missed it during all the hustle and bustle, you'll want to give it a view.

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Teachers Are Awesome: Educator Uses Game Show Winnings to Take Students to the Opera

The Spanish Honor Society got a trip to New Orleans and student scholarships.

Need more proof that teachers are pretty awesome? Back in September Deborah Bishop, a Spanish teacher at West Harrison High School in Harrison County, Mississippi, was a contestant on the trivia game show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire." The lucky teacher walked away $23,500 richer and decided to spend some of her extra loot on her students.

Indeed, Bishop spent $3,000 treating 20 students from the Spanish Honor Society to an all-expense paid trip to New Orleans, a fancy restaurant dinner, and a performance of the classic opera, The Barber of Seville.

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