Gloria ~ Jennie Fitzkee

Jennie Fitzkee wrote in the comments on this post:

“Twenty years ago teachers were getting dolls and puppets of different ethnicities to add diversity to their classrooms. It occurred to me that in Groton, there was no diversity. How could children learn to be accepting of different people? Well, there were old people, those who were not pretty or had injuries. I saw children back away from those people. Gloria was one of those people. If children could look beyond her exterior and and accept her, then I was teaching about real diversity.

Gloria has been to major sporting events, high school graduations, and vacations. She went to the Cape, went to the Red Sox parade in Boston. She has been trick-or-treating as a cow, Minnie Mouse, and a dinosaur. On and on. She’s the real deal. 🙂”

Reblogged from A Teacher’s Reflections:

Gloria joined the classroom today, and oh what a homecoming it was. It’s doubtful Santa Claus would receive such a welcome. After all these years we are still amazed at the difference Gloria makes and how children are drawn to her. It started many years ago…

You see, Gloria is different. She is very shy and loves to wear black. She’s not pretty on the outside, but she’s beautiful on the inside. In order for children to learn about the world, they needed to learn about the people in the world. And that meant introducing them to diversity… to Gloria.

Children don’t even see that she’s a puppet. The word witch is never spoken. It isn’t even a thought in their heads. They see her ‘insides’; that she needs help singing the ABC’s, that she loves Maine, and likes to be read to. That’s what children really see.

Continue reading at A Teacher’s Reflections 

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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5 Responses to Gloria ~ Jennie Fitzkee

  1. Jennie says:

    Thank you, Sue. It is always an honor to be here. And, a big thank you for including my comments. I think that hits to home. You would love Gloria.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Great! Jennie is fantastic also in tipps for bringing children to loving reading. Michael


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