Teacher injured in marathon bombing returns to school
TOWSON, Md. (WHDH) -- Students across the country are returning to school and for one Maryland teacher the reunion is extra meaningful after the Boston Marathon bombing ended her school year early.
It's been months since Henry Baker saw his preschool teacher Erika Brannock.
"He sees her and it's just Ms. Brannock like, he doesn't care that she looks a little different,” John Baker, Henry’s father, said. “It doesn't bother him at all. He's just happy to see her."
This week, Henry and some of his classmates finally got to see that teacher that they've missed so much.
"It has definitely been a while since I've seen them,” Brannock said. “They've all gotten so big since the last time I saw them. It's been a few months, but it's good to see them all."
Brannock has been away as she continues to recover from injuries from the Boston Marathon bombing.
She may have been absent from the classroom but definitely not from the hearts of these little kids.
"She absolutely loves her Ms. Brannock,” Christine Ludden, the mother of a student in Brannock’s class, said. “She can't go a minute without talking to her. She keeps a picture on her dresser and talks to her every day. So when she can't see her in person, she can still talk to her."
The children and their parents were here for the opening of a brand new preschool. Brannock is one of 18 teachers on staff. A ribbon cutting officially starting the new school year and this school community says Brannock has been an inspiration.
“The best thing that Erika has done for all of us is make us all realize that there are tougher things in life, that we all go through challenges, and she's really kind of been the inspiration to keep the momentum going, and when the tragedy happened in April, it really brought the whole community back together again,” Liz Harlan, founder of the Davenport Preschool where Brannock teaches, said.
"As a teacher, it's really hard being away from your students because they become your kids,” Brannock said. “So it's hard to be away from your kids because they have your heart."