Katie Drury had to smile and pretend a national disaster didnt happen while mentoring in a third-grade classroom Tuesday.
It was difficult to put on the happy face and represent the teacher model, said Drury, a teaching intern at Whitehills Elementary School, 621 Pebblebrook Lane.
Drury is one of about 550 graduates of MSUs College of Education who have been coping with Tuesdays terrorist attacks on the United States while interning in classrooms across the state.
For many of the interns, this is challenging because it was the first time they were looked to as adults by the children and teens who were seeking answers and support, said Trudy Sykes, coordinator for the secondary education program.
Cary Grimm, an MSU graduate who interns at Novi Meadows school in Novi, said the teachers decided against sharing the news with students.
It didnt really hit me until the kids left, Grimm said.