Kaitlin Roig

Kaitlin Roig

 Centerbrook, Connecticut, USA
BandComedy

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Biography

Hero Teacher from Sandy Hook Elementary

On the morning of Dec. 14, 2012, in Sandy Hook Elementary School, first grade teacher Kaitlin Roig endured one of the worst tragedies the world has ever seen. The heroic teacher is credited with saving the lives of all 15 of her students by acting quickly upon hearing the sounds of gunfire and locking them all in a small bathroom until the 'good guys' came to let her know that it was over and they were now safe to come out.

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Kaitlin M. Roig attended UCONN and was accepted to the NEAG School of Education, where she completed her Masters of Education with honors in 2006. She was a member of Order of Omega honor society, The Historical honor society and the NEAG honor society, and was named a New England Scholar in 2005. Kaitlin completed her Graduate Inquiry Project on 'Higher-level Questioning in Guided Reading.' Kaitlin served as the Historian for the NEAG Student Association and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority where she served as Membership Chair, Recording Secretary, and on the Scholarship Committee. She worked as an intercollegiate athlete tutor to refine study skills and plan essays for collegiate athletes, as well as a study hall monitor for the UCONN Men's Soccer team.

Kaitlin began her teaching career as a Reading Specialist in Westport, CT. While there, she worked with first and second grade students. Kaitlin worked closely with teachers, and administration to implement strategies and action plans for struggling readers.

In 2007 Kaitlin began teaching first grade at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where she has taught ever since. There she has served on the Math Committee, Language Arts Committee, Action Research Committee, and Social Committee. She also began Marathon Mondays, a running club for 3rd and 4th grade students.

As an educator Kaitlin saw how important teaching a social curriculum to her students was. She viewed it as equally important as teaching an academic curriculum. Kaitlin has always felt that teaching children to care for one another is of the utmost importance. Teaching students how to interact with and treat one another, prepares them to be successful adolescents and adults. A student can receive straight A's, but if that student can't empathize with his fellow classmates, how successful is that student? This led her to her next venture.

Kaitlin founded the non-profit Classes 4 Classes, Inc. knowing that positive social change was needed, and that it should begin with the youngest members of our society, our K-5 students. Classes 4 Classes is a web-based platform structured to teach children the basic tenets that we are all connected and we all have something to give. The website provides students an opportunity to actively engage in social curriculum through projects that K-5 classes sponsor for other K-5 classes, to give a gift or experience that enriches their education. Classes 4 Classes, Inc. is for every student in the United States to learn: compassion, caring, kindness, empathy, love, and consideration by being actively engaged in each. These are lessons that every child needs to have. Kaitlin believes that all children have many gifts to give to others and teaching them how to do so is a teacher's responsibility.