When a gunman opened fire inside the friendly, peaceful Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14th of 2012, lives were changed forever. First-grade teacher Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis, whose classroom was only a few feet from where the attack began, immediately sprang to action by hiding her 14 students in a 3x4 foot bathroom and keeping them quiet. Although she and her students survived, others did not, and the tragedy left the community frozen with dismay and unanswerable questions. In an effort to overcome the darkness and chaos, Kaitlin created an organization to promote kindness in the classroom and wrote a novel, Choosing Hope, to guide others who are suffering through hardship to find their light, one day at a time. From her heroic actions as a teacher, philanthropist, writer and speaker, Kaitlin was chosen as a 2013 Glamour Woman of the Year.
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