After learning one of her students attempted suicide, Brittni Darras, Rampart High School English teacher, decided to do something. She wrote a letter. That letter turned into more than 130 letters. Each letter, written to her students, served as a reminder of how they are each unique, special and important.
Because of her letters, Brittni was featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America and in The Washington Post. She was also named the 2016 Hero of Mental Health by AspenPointe.
Brittni is dedicated teacher who stayed up late, worked weekends and nearly put Hallmark out of business, but there is still more to discover.
Brittni grew up in Colorado Springs and earned her bachelor’s in English from UCCS and her master’s in education from Colorado College.
Destined for Teaching
She has known since the third grade she wanted to be a teacher. As a matter of fact, during summer vacations, Brittni made her brother pretend to be her “student” so should could teach him school lessons in their basement.
Advice for Students (and adults)
Brittni always advocates her students find something positive in every situation instead of dwelling on negatives. At cheer practice (Brittni is the Rampart Cheer Coach) they call it a compliment sandwich. For every piece of constructive criticism, each student also has to mention two things done well.