Our Debra DiBenedetto
2nd Grade Teacher
Stellar Human Being
"Do not stand by my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow, I am a diamond glint on the snow
I am sunlight on the ripened grain, I am the gentle Autumn rain
When you awake in the morning hush, I am the swift unflinging rush of quiet birds in circling flight, I am the soft starshine at night
Do not stand by my grave and cry I am not there, I did not die"
- Native American Farewell -
Debra DiBenedetto, pictured left with her 2nd grade teaching partner in crime, Ali deGuia-Bumgarner, was an outstanding instructional technician, passionate to her core, and someone who cared very deeply about the success and well being of each and every one of her students. Naturally inquisitive and deeply connected to the environment, she carefully embedded her love of nature within each of her students, present and past. She forged deep connections between the world outside of her classroom, the woods, river, and hands-on meaningful projects, and the inside classroom, where all that learning would naturally come together. She was a sensational supporter of her grade level and site teaching teams, beloved by her greater Dixie District colleagues, and someone we will all miss dearly.
We suggest that you make an extra effort to listen to your child during this time. It is important that you deal honestly and directly with any questions that he or she may have. Referring to death as passing away may result in confusion and it is appropriate that you use the word “death” in your discussions. Should you have difficulty approaching this issue or if you would like additional information about talking to your child about death, we have counselors at school you can speak with directly. We are pulling them from all of our satellite schools in the district.
Below are some other suggestions that you may find useful in helping your child:
Will Anderson, Principal, Dixie Elementary School
Dixie Social Media
DIXIE FACEBOOK PAGE