Former student remembers Clay murder victim
Former students are remembering the victim of Thursday night's murder. Lori Bresnahan, 47, was a librarian at Willowfield Elementary in Liverpool and an adjunct professor at SUNY Oswego. Our Candace Hopkins spoke with one of her former students about Bresnahan's impact on her teaching career.
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FULTON, N.Y.--Despite graduating nine years ago from SUNY Oswego, Granby teacher Erica Bertrand still has fond memories of one of her favorite professors, Lori Bresnahan. "She was a really genuine person. She loved kids. She loved books. She would just light up when she had a good book and she would light up when she was in front of a class," said Bertrand.
Bertrand said that infectious love of teaching and her students is exactly what made Bresnahan a great professor. "She was really compassionate. She showed a lot of empathy towards her students and you were really comfortable going in there and were actually excited about going to class."
Bresnahan worked as an adjunct professor of education at SUNY Oswego from 2004 to 2012. And Bertrand said she was a role model for young teachers like herself. "It's been nine years. Unfortunately, I never got to tell her what an inspiration she was, nine years later. You don't think about it, until something like this happens; and, it hit me really hard."
That's one way Bresnahan's spirit will live on, through all of the teachers she molded during her time at Oswego. The Liverpool School District is planning to hold a children's book drive in Bresnahan's memory. And Syracuse University officials said a scholarship will be set up in her name, for a student pursuing a Library and Information Science degree.