Educators Called to Duty

By: Beth Jett
By: Beth Jett

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Events overseas are impacting education in the homeland. Dozens of teachers across the country are leaving their classrooms for military duty. So far 9 Wichita Public School teachers have been called to action. One Marshall Middle School teacher's departure is affecting her kids emotionally and academically.

Special education teacher Shellie Harmon discusses the heavy topic of her leaving with her class. It's the second time she's had to prepare to say goodbye to them. She's now on stand by to be called for military duty in the Air National Guard any day now. Her first trip was back in December. The kids tell us they're scared something might happen to Harmon who says the kids are always in her thoughts while she's gone. Harmon tell us when she gets back, she doesn't know what the substitute has done, and worries about leaving her kids in someone elses hands. Harmon does plan to call and check on the kids while she's overseas.

Shellie Harmon will serve as an intelligence officer, briefing air crews on their missions and risks and what to watch for in the air, such as missiles or other aircraft.


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