Trauma and Teaching: Boundaries and Bridges

Why didn’t she tell me?

I was completely caught off guard when my school administrator called me into a meeting to update on one of my students, who I’ll call Jade.

My administrator let me know that Jade had experienced a significant traumatic event a few weeks before and gave me some advice about how to support her in class.

My heart hurt for Jade, but I also had a nagging question: why didn’t my student tell me? Jade and I had a close relationship, and she often shared details about her life with me, from funny stories about her dog to everyday frustrations with family or friends.

I’ll admit I felt a little hurt that Jade hadn’t come to me for help – I knew I could have supported her.

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Posted by Dawn LoMauro
Dawn LoMauro Operations Manager/Exec Asst to the Assoc Provost Dawn LoMauro