While it is a reality that many of us don’t know how long we will live or when our time is up, all of us surely wish that we have fulfilled our dreams when that time comes. Also, many of us would wish to spend those last hours with the people we love most, at a place we wish to visit as we take our last breath.
Yet a teacher in Del Rio, Texas, spent his last hours completing schoolwork and making grades to ensure that he doesn’t leave any of it undone or incomplete before he goes! Whoa. Talk of amazing dedication!
Alejandro Navarro was a Math teacher at Del Rio Middle School in Del Rio, Texas. As his family rushed him to the hospital for a serious medical condition, this dedicated teacher made sure that he brought his laptop and charger along.
Even at the ER, he was already typing away and trying his best to finish his work.
“Doctors were coming in to see him. They were running tests, they were telling him he needed to decide what he wanted in the event that his heart stopped: CPR and intubation or to go in peace. He’d answer their questions and resume with grades,” wrote Navarro’s daughter, Sandra A. Venegas.
Photo credit: Sandra A. Venegas / Facebook
She added that his sickness isn’t COVID-19 but it is a serious one, considering the conversations he’s having with the doctors.
Despite the possibility that he might be living his last hours, Navarro did not hesitate to finish his students’ grades. While Venegas feels proud of her dad for being so devoted to teaching, she also wished that she was able to spend more time with him.
“The last time I saw him was Monday and he spent the two hours I was at his house working. I wish I would have closed his laptop and enjoyed spending time with him,” she wrote.
“Teachers put in so many extra hours, hours that many don’t realize. Even during a pandemic, even during a health crisis, teachers worry about completing their duties.”
As she bids goodbye to her father, Venegas hopes that their story would also be an eye-opener to teachers and their families.
“Thank your teachers. If you are married to one, help them set boundaries, if you are the daughter/son of one, don’t let them work once they’re home. Be kind to your teachers. ♥️
Teachers let’s not normalize working after hours, let’s not normalize staying at work late. You are replaceable at work. You are NOT replaceable at home. 💔”