Teacher given posthumous Kennedy Honor inspired, nurtured students | Editorial

Attending a rural high school in the early 1990s was often a lesson in loneliness and alienation for anyone who was different.

Evangeline “Lil” Blazakis

Mary Valentine had the great good fortune to encounter an adult who was not just a teacher, but also a great listener, a woman who gave her the courage to confront a legacy of sexual assault – and who supported the young Mary when the teenager shared her thoughts on being a lesbian.

More than two decades later, Valentine celebrated that teacher – Evangeline “Lil” Blazakis, an Allentown High School …read more

Source: NJ.com Mercer

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