News reports reveal that American educators have been losing their lives in school tragedies since 1764. Members of The National Teachers Hall of Fame believe that it is time to recognize and honor these brave educators for their dedication to their jobs and to their students. Therefore, plans have moved forward, in partnership with Emporia State University, to create a monument and memorial area that will be a permanent tribute to educators who literally “gave their all” for their profession.
Names and dates have been inscribed to remember educators like those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in December 2012, Chuck Poland, the school bus driver hero killed in January 2013 in Alabama, Dave Sanders (Columbine), as well as teacher Robert Bailey, who was killed in Illinois in 1882, Christa McAuliffe who perished in the Challenger explosion in 1986, and Goddard, Kansas, Principal Jim McGee, who was killed in 1985.
Fallen Educators that are listed on our memorial meet the following criteria:
Public or Private School, Pre-K through 12th Grade Educators (anyone who works in a school environment) who have given their lives in the line of duty.