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Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis
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Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis is the Founder of Classes 4 Classes, Inc. In 2007, Kaitlin started teaching first grade at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. and on Dec. 14 2012, the school endured a tragedy beyond comprehension while Kaitlin heroically huddled with her students, saving their lives. Inspired by the kindness of others and in support of her first graders, Kaitlin founded Classes 4 Classes, which actively engages students in learning a social curriculum encouraging the development of students’ emotional intellect, a key to forming healthy relationships. Classes 4 Classes’ mission is for every student in the United States to learn about compassion, caring, kindness, empathy and consideration –- lessons that every child needs to learn. Kaitlin has been honored as a Glamour Woman of the Year and a L'Oreal Paris Woman of Worth in 2013. Kaitlin received 2 honorary doctorate degrees. Currently, Kaitlin is a key note speaker and her book, 'Choosing Hope' was recently published by G.P. Putnam's Sons.

Entries by Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

A Young Mother's Wish

(9) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 1:53 PM

If there is one thing I have learned over the past 3 years, 3 months, and 1 day, it's that pain is universal, hard times are as well, dark moments (unfortunately) come across each of our paths. None of us can escape. I have learned that it is sharing these...

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12/14/12: Moving Forward, Never On

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 9:18 PM

3 years. 36 months. 1,095 days. It feels like it was yesterday. It feels a moment away. December 14, 2012 is every second, of every minute, of every single day. Yes, this is the 3 year anniversary, but I have lived 1,095 anniversaries, as so many have. This is a...

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Teaching Compassion After the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2014 | 9:51 AM

In the days and weeks following December 14, 2012 I was left reeling. I was searching for answers (that would never come), desperately trying to regain a sense of security and safety. I was desperately yearning to return to the life I knew on December 13th, one that seemed a...

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Building Your Classroom Community

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 11:03 AM

This is such an important and sometimes overwhelming prospect: creating a positive classroom community. Daunting because let's face it, getting 20, 7 year olds to be respectful, kind and encouraging for 7 hours, while your main focus is getting through 8 different subjects' curriculum accurately and astutely. To be sure...

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The Golden Rule

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 11:30 AM

We all learned it in Kindergarden: the golden rule. Treat others the way you want to be treated. As five-year-olds we are given many concrete examples of what this means and what this looks like. As adults it seems this rule can often be forgotten. How easy it is to...

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Do What You Do, With Great Care

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 2:12 PM

As I sat at the airport this morning waiting for my flight, an employee came by with a broom and a dustpan. His demeanor was warm, upbeat, happy. I must tell you I have never seen someone sweep with such enthusiasm and passion. He truly seemed joyful to be doing...

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The Power of a Smile

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 2:21 PM

Power is given to things that can impact, influence and change things in a profound way. Having said that, there is an immense power found within a smile. A smile conveys feelings of happiness, hope and positivity to anyone who sees it. When you smile, you are sending a message...

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Everyone Has a Story

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 12:28 PM

Everyone has a story. I have always been very aware of this fact. I have always been a keen listener because I have held close to my heart that everyone is coming from somewhere, celebrating a joy or bearing a hardship. I realized this even more so while sitting at...

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Unexpected Moments

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 5:38 PM

Hearing my husband snoring in the other room last night was a reminder of how much tiny moments mean. He gets up so early, he's usually off to bed far before me. Never before have I heard (over the volume of the television) his peaceful sleeping, breathing, snoring. It was...

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The Importance of Being Kind in an Unkind World

(4) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 3:14 PM

Let's face it: we live in a world that many times focuses on the negative, on the bad, on the pessimistic. Just turn on the nightly news -- it's cringe worthy. I'm not sure if it's because there are so many sad, terrible, depressing stories or because our media chooses...

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Do You Believe in Luck?

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 6:08 PM

Luck. Definition: "a purposeless, unpredictable and uncontrollable force that shapes events favorably or unfavorably for an individual, group or cause." - Wikipedia

I, for one, do not believe in luck. The above definition alone is reason enough not to. Purposeless, unpredictable, uncontrollable; these words go against every grain of...

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Teach It by Living It

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 7:04 PM

We are teachers. We are the difference makers.

We know that our students learn by doing. With that knowledge, we give them tangible experiences to learn actively and become engaged. Our students look up to us, literally and figuratively. Because of this, it is crucial that we show our students...

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When Your Sense of Security Is Gone

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 2:46 PM

In life, we each experience hard times, tough times, times that cause us to dig deep within ourselves. How do we find the ability to dig deep after experiencing something so hard? How after enduring the hardest moments in our lives do we find a way to overcome, to rise...

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What Unites Us As One

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 2:45 PM

I was recently invited to attend a unity week celebration assembly at a high school in Oregon. The theme: We are all united. I couldn't wait because I couldn't agree more with this statement. We are all connected through pain and sadness and through joy and happiness. We each experience...

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'All You Need Is Love'

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 1:38 PM

February is upon us, a month found right in the heart of winter. Short days. Cold nights. Snow. Ice. Sleet. That is if you live in New England, at least. The silver lining of February of course is the 14th. Valentine's Day. Which seems to take over the entire month....

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A Letter to Teachers

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 5:17 PM

I recently had the distinct pleasure of returning to my alma mater to speak to undergraduate and graduate students in the same teaching program I went through. It was incredibly surreal to be back nine years later, and feel as if it were only yesterday.

It got me thinking: What...

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C4C & Socially/Emotionally Intelligent Children

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 10:29 AM

As teachers, we know that we want our students to be socially and emotionally intelligent. The question is how do we ensure that we are teaching our students this? How do we make sure our students have experiences to have both?

Classes 4 Classes is a platform for teachers...

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Perspective & Power

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 1:22 PM

Perspective is amazingly powerful. Perspective determines how you react, or not, to every situation in your life. You alone hold the power. When you endure a hardship, a loss, a tough time, you determine the outlook you will have. You can make a decision to focus on the positive that...

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Our Hopes & Dreams for a New Year

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 11:02 AM

January is a time to reflect; reflect back and reflect on moving forward. It is a time to make changes and think about how we can each better ourselves. As a teacher, January always means revisiting the hopes and dreams we created in September with my students. In September my...

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Reflecting Back On a Year With Gratitude

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 10:15 AM

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As the Christmas holiday gives way to New Years Eve, I am reminded that 2014 is right around the corner. This causes me to stop for a moment, and quietly reflect on 2013 as it nears its end. For myself, in 2013,...

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