A little more than week ago, a teenager I’ve known since he was very young lost control when snowboarding and crashed into a fence. He’s been in a medically induced coma ever since. I read his family’s blog each morning and admire their strength. While Forrest was never in my class, our lives have intersected often. I taught his older brother Austin, who loved exploring the natural world. Their mother funded a summer ecology program I attended in Bermuda, including an afternoon spent at her dolphin project. And Forrest played Jem to my son Willem’s Atticus in a youth theater production of To Kill a Mockingbird.