Hey there! I’m Brittany, the Founder of the Unbreakable Organization! From a young age, I was fascinated with the world of education. I literally used to set up my toy room to look like a classroom. My teacher outfit was a Princess Belle dress, my picture book became my white board (my mom was not happy to find me writing in them), and I always took an apple from the kitchen to put on my desk--which was really an Easy Bake Oven. After college, I followed my heart and went back to teach at my alma mater, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. This was truly my home away from home and one of my favorite places in the world.
On February 14, 2018, I survived a school shooting that devastated my small town, Parkland, Florida. Reaching out for help was scary. I was terrified to talk about the tragedy, much less relive it. But, I realized that in order to be a source of support for my students, I had to have support myself. I got help and learned that it's not necessary to always go through everything by yourself. At my first EMDR appointment, I sat down and shared what occured from the moment that I woke up to the moment that I got home that day. My therapist then looked at me and said, how did you feel in that moment with your students when the light from the window touched your back? I looked at her, without skipping a beat and said, unbreakable.
Unbreakable isn’t a word that just rolls off the tongue. I hadn’t really used it in writing and I couldn’t recall the last time that I saw the word written out, but there I was, in front of my therapist, saying that we felt unbreakable. While I was scared beyond belief and unsure as to what was going to happen, I knew in my heart that nothing could break us. The word unbreakable became a mantra in my life. It was a reminder that I am unbreakable. My students are unbreakable. The bond we share is unbreakable. And when I remembered that, I knew I could wake up and keep going.
Now, I want to help others who feel broken, hurt, or lost find what makes them unbreakable too. The Unbreakable Organization has a mission to help individuals and communities heal, while finding what makes them unbreakable. Through various campaigns and initiatives, we aspire to be a source of light to those who need us the most. The Unbreakable Organization started off as an idea placed on my heart, but today we are a proud community on a mission to remind you that you truly are unbreakable.