Letters to the Editor

Fallen teacher: Nine years later, legacy shines on

Nine years ago this week (Feb. 26), my daughter, Jennifer Paulson, was murdered by a stalker 20 feet from the door of the Tacoma elementary school where she was a special education teacher.

Her family, friends, fellow teachers, students and the local community were in shock and grieved.

Jennifer lived with the future in mind. She had received her Master’s degree and the day before her murder and had turned in all required assignments to receive her Washington state professional teaching certification.

She was an aggressive student and graduated with 290-plus credits. She believed in excellent education being available to all.

Her legacy would be her life and also her death. A friend of Jennifer’s wrote a book about her life. One of her students said she felt safe with Jennifer; another said she could tell Jennifer her secrets.

From her death, the Jennifer Paulson Stalking Protection Order Act became law in Washington about three years later, to help protect those who are stalked by strangers.

How suddenly loss can come. Remember to love and enjoy your loved ones who are with you each day, for we know not what the next day holds.