“Gloria” and National Superhero Day

Today is National Superhero Day.  Gloria wanted to celebrate.  She dressed up for the big day.  She wanted to be a Superhero.


I had a talk with Gloria.  She needed to know that a real superhero doesn’t need a costume.  She didn’t understand.  Spider-Man and Wonder Woman wear a costume.  Yes, but they are pretend.  Real superheroes, like a dad, or a teacher, or a neighbor don’t always wear a  costume.  It’s what they do that makes them a Superhero.

Gloria was shocked.  She hadn’t thought about that!  We talked about what a real superhero does.  Gloria decided just what she wants to do, too.  It is touching.  I hope you enjoy our conversation.  Gloria really is the best.


P.S. For my new blog followers, Gloria is perhaps the most important person in my preschool classroom.  Over the years she has brought more joy and wisdom to children than I could have ever imagined.  She is the ‘real deal’, with the biggest heart of all.  Children see her insides, not her outside.  There is much I have written about Gloria on my blog, she has really good stories.

About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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95 Responses to “Gloria” and National Superhero Day

  1. Ritu says:

    Oh Jennie this is just so precious!

  2. Opher says:

    Long live ‘super’ Gloria!! (I used to love that song by Them with Van Morrison).

  3. beetleypete says:

    Gloria is the heart of the Aqua Room, and rightly deserves her moment in the spotlight.
    Well done, Jennie. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. beth says:

    gloria knows how to celebrate!

  5. Gloria is a Superhero! This is delightful, Jennie!

  6. Darlene says:

    Gloria is a winner for sure! I love this and so will the kids.

  7. Norah says:

    Gloria is gorgeous. So are you. This is delightful, Jennie. Two superheroes!

  8. quiall says:

    Gloria is the embodiment of what a superhero is: love, compassion and understanding. But then, all good teachers are superheroes helping to inspire new superheroes.

  9. TanGental says:

    Every pandemic needs its Gloria

  10. For some reason, I didn’t know Gloria was so animated. This is super, Jennie. Thank you. Happy National Superhero Day. (You are a superhero.)

  11. Jim Borden says:

    Happy Superhero Day – to a real superhero!

  12. Like your favorite colleague once said, “…look for the helpers…” extrapolated to encourage others to ‘be the helpers’…
    BTW: Gloria, I have the very same composition book for my own journal, too!

    • Jennie says:

      Yes, look for the helpers. And, yes – extrapolated. I love that word! It is perfect. I will tell Gloria you have the same journal. She will be so excited!

  13. Dan Antion says:

    She is a superhero!

  14. L. Marie says:

    Love Gloria! And love this: “Real superheroes, like a dad, or a teacher, or a neighbor don’t always wear a costume. It’s what they do that makes them a Superhero.” Amen!

    • Jennie says:

      Hear, hear! Thanks so much, L. Marie. Gloria is a superhero and the children adore her. She helps them understand everyday superheroes, like moms. 🙂

  15. This is a lot of fun, Jennie.

  16. I didn’t know about Super Hero Day, Jennie. What fun to spend time with you and Gloria. Thanks for the video too. Hugs on the wing!

  17. Oh this is precious. You are such a fabulous teacher. It was lovely to see Gloria in action. Seriously melted my heart. You are toooooooo good. Big hugs to you .

  18. I wanna be a super herooooo!!!!

  19. Elizabeth says:

    I am going back to nursery school post haste!

  20. Is Gloria your alter ego Jennie? As long as she doesn’t turn into the bride of Chucky I think your fine!

  21. Wonderful! 🙂 Sharing…

  22. I loved your conversation with Gloria about the definition of REAL heroes! (I didn’t know that she’s a hand puppet. I was very surprised to see her mouth move as she talked!)

  23. petespringerauthor says:

    I find it remarkable how many things that you do and what I did as a teacher that are similar even though our students were years apart. I didn’t have anyone like Gloria to help me (the best prop ever!), but I tried to teach the kids the same lesson and get them to think of the heroic acts of the people in their lives.

    Heroes don’t have to wear uniforms; they often are right in front of us. How heroic is the parent who works fulltime and still manages to coach her daughter’s soccer team? How about the dad who holds down two jobs so that his child can be the first one in their family ever to attend college? With older students, I sometimes tried to get my students to write a letter of thanks to someone in their life who was doing heroic deeds.

    What a valuable life lesson you are giving your students!

    • Jennie says:

      We are much alike in our teaching, Pete. I think that’s wonderful. A puppet is a great teacher for young children. The lessons learned in this way really seem to stick. Gloria’s foundation, her initial purpose many years ago, is while people may look different on the outside, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. She has evolved to become a master teacher, while maintaining her shy and loving persona.

      Yes, the real heroes are the moms and dads, teachers and coaches, on and on. While my children cannot yet write words beyond their names, they can draw beautiful pictures, and we have encouraged them to do just that to thank people. My co-teachers and I are making a video today to thank the parents and the children. No spoken words, just handwritten signs. You’ll see tomorrow. 🙂

  24. How beautiful is that? Life is filled with lessons of heart. One day soon, I hope we will all be in the reality of of one love. Thank you kindly for sharing.❤️🙏

  25. I’ll bet Gloria made a lot of happy hearts watching her singing and thinking about the kids. You are so good to keep her in their lives.

    • Jennie says:

      Yes, she did! Seeing Gloria is a treat for the children. Seeing her as a superhero is a special treat. Thank you, Marlene. Keeping all the important things alive for them is challenging. We’re doing the best we can, which never feels like enough, because we’re not there, together. My co-teachers and I just put together a thank you video for families and children. Big wow. It will be posted tomorrow. Still… nothing is really the same if we’re not together with the children.

  26. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    I am sure that your children and grandchildren will love this… and to be honest we could all use a touch of the Jennie Fitzkee and Gloria words of wisdom at the moment…#recommended

  27. dgkaye says:

    Fantabulous video and lessons Jennie. You are a true Superhero, a Shero! ❤

  28. Thanks to Gloria, your assistant teacher. 😉 Best wishes, Jennie! Have a beautiful weekend, stay save and well. Michael

  29. Jennie you are such a special person my friend… This was just delightful and a big thank you to both you And Gloria for bringing joy and smiles.. ❤

  30. You and Gloria are both so awesome. Great message! 🙂

  31. Sarah says:

    It is a beautiful costume, Gloria, but Jennie is absolutely right: you don’t need one to be a superhero. In fact, you already are! As is your lovely friend Jennie! 😉
    Loved watching and listening to you two! 😍

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