Amidst the humdrum of our daily routine and the hustle and bustle of the school where future leaders and movers of society are shaped, we tend to forget that we have real heroes that walk among us. They are regular looking people that don't wear capes. "Real heroes don't wear capes, they teach." is a popular adage of which Mr. and Mrs. Felix Contreras couldn't agree more. Let me take this moment and focus the spotlight on one of our very own 5th Grade teacher Mrs. Morales. A real hero in the life of our 5th Grade student Alan Contreras whose life could have ended if not for the heroic act of his teacher whose proximity and presence of mind saved him.
According to Injury Facts 2017, choking is the 4th leading cause of unintentional injury death. When someone is choking with a completely blocked airway, no oxygen can enter the lungs. The brain is extremely sensitive to this lack of oxygen and begins to die within 4 to 6 minutes. Irreversible brain death occurs in as little as 10 minutes.
It is this fact and the realization of near-death experience that makes Mrs. Morales' action heroic. She mentioned the importance of actively monitoring and being attentive to our students in the classroom and in common areas because accidents don't have a specific schedule. She further mentioned that this incident got her into thinking that we, as a district should take CPR classes as a mandatory class for professional development and not just for those who want it.
Mr.Ernie G. Monte, M.EdPresidio Elementary School
Principal (Grades 3-5)
701 E. Market St. Presidio TX 79845
(432) 631 7959