A teacher's quest to make a change

Posted By: Laura Casella · 1/25/2013 12:59:00 PM

A YouTube video posted by a Montreal high school teacher is making a big wave.

The video has a strong message for teens and in just 3 days has attracted over 9,000 views.

It shows Catherine Hogan, a teacher from Lindsay Place High School in Pointe-Claire, sitting behind a desk, and flipping cue cards that tell a story and send a powerful message that while teens often feel alone, their teachers can relate to them.

"Time and time again I kept seeing videos of teens saying they had no one to talk to, that they had no where to turn, and I thought to myself, well I can listen," Hogan explained on The Tommy Schnurmacher Show. 

The teacher says she wanted to show her students that she has been through tough times too, from her parents' divorce when she was in Grade 11, to a bad break-up with her boyfriend of two years, to developing a serious eating disorder.

"I decided to put together the video just to let them know we have been through a lot of the same things they are going through now," she says.

The video is attracting attention across Canada and around the world. 

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  1. Natalie Rea posted on 01/25/2013 01:21 PM
    Amazing message - wish every teenager could watch this. I also wish that Catherine's power to reach kids could be amplified - she's one teacher at one school but has the depth of character and strength of heart to positively impact so many lives.
  2. Lisa Morel posted on 01/25/2013 04:32 PM
    Bravo!! And well said and well done. Thank you for sending a positive message and trying to make a difference.
  3. Lynda Psomas posted on 01/25/2013 05:35 PM
    You can't see me now but I'm crying. As a mother of three girls, I worry for their emotional stability, health, and happiness. I'm crying for all the kids who thought no one would understand. I'm crying for their parents. I'm crying because it took this long for someone to take a stand. I applaud this beautiful, compassionate woman, a teacher, who shared her story, not for sympathy, but to establish a connection.
    We need to do more than what we've done to reach these kids. I pray this is a start. I pray we could all pay it forward and that no other child has a moment where they contemplate suicide. We need to teach them there is always another way. Bravo Ms. Hogan. Thank you.
  4. Jaime posted on 01/25/2013 06:15 PM
    Very touching!
  5. Angus Butler posted on 01/25/2013 09:44 PM
    A teacher with a big heart who in turn, deserves an award for being a great Humanitarian... We could use a little bit more of people like this today... Kudos to all the teachers...
  6. Sue posted on 01/25/2013 09:54 PM
    How did she turn all those pages? Very powerful and emotional, but I think it would have been better had she spoken with her voice in the video. It is tiring to look at all those messages on paper and would be more effective with a voice behind the words.
  7. colleen pearce posted on 01/26/2013 03:23 AM
    Absolutely Beautiful !....made me cry !!
    Congratulations to such a wonderful young woman for doing something
    like this to help our children !
    God bless you...!!
  8. kathy smith posted on 01/26/2013 10:39 AM
    Fantastic message You did one heck of a good job My daughter teachers in La.,U,S.A and I told her to check it out which she did and thinks it is great too and she has 2 teenage daughters of her own.Thank you and keep up the good work
  9. Melita Jung posted on 01/26/2013 03:34 PM
    What a fine young lady and so much wisdom to share with our youths, who often have no one to urn to, when life is getting too difficult for them. There is always someone who cares and can help to make a difference. This video should be adopted into every school, starting grade 5, right through high school. Every child, teen and adolescent, should be forced, if need be, to watch and write a small essay on this teachers effort, to maybe save a life. CONGRATULATIONS, CATHRINE HOGAN.
  10. LMAO posted on 01/28/2013 06:45 AM
    At last some one in the education system that is trying to reach out to kids using the new technologies available. I am sure she has already made a difference to some kids. I wish her every success. Kids need more teachers like her.
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