Jill Bass planned for a leisurely first day back teaching at Rowlett Academy for Arts and Communication on Monday morning.
The 35-year-old single mother returned to her third-grade classroom for the first time in five weeks after recovering from surgery due to breast cancer. Last week, she chatted with the other teachers on her team to get caught up on where the kids were in their lessons plans. In the morning, she planned to chit-chat with the kids about the last five weeks, learn what they wore for their Halloween costumes and then dive into a new math chapter in the afternoon.Instead, she was greeted by a sea of pink and a school-wide rendition of Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song.”
“It was unexpected but lovely,” Bass said in the school’s courtyard after wiping tears from her eyes. “It was kind of surreal. I did realize (what was going on) pretty quickly.
”Under the guise of taking a class photo, Bass was walked from her classroom to the courtyard with her students. There was was the rest of the school population, some of Bass’s lifelong friends, her parents and 4-year-old son, Nathan.