Inspiring Teacher’s Lessons go Beyond Classroom

By The Herald 

IT wasn’t just the crush of pink balloons and streamers that greeted Case Avenue Elementary School teacher Norann Bianco when she returned to class Tuesday that made her glad to be back.

And while they were special, the notes from her students, past and present, well, they were not the only highlight either.

The love and support that surrounded the breast cancer warrior who made her way back to her classroom this week was not any one thing. It was everything that her fellow teachers, parents and students did to let her know that the school was not the same without her.

So Bianco weathered the treatments and rested for a few months as she sent breast cancer packing.

And just a couple weeks after her radiation treatments, she headed back to class.

The journey could not have been easy. There probably were days when she just wasn’t sure she could get through.

But Bianco never doubted she would be back with her students.

She is just made that way, she said.

And that is what courage is all about.

As inspiring as it is to know that being a teacher meant so much that she came back so quickly to her class, Bianco is also an inspiration for another reason.

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