We also need to thank another special person. Mrs. Julie Fontechia was Alexa's resource teacher at Nathan Hale School. Alexa missed a lot of school because of surgeries and treatments, and Mrs. Fontechia was not only Alexa's resource teacher at school but also became her home bound teacher. They had a very special bond and Mrs. Fontechia knew exactly how to teach Alexa in her own special way, a way Alexa could understand. They shared countless hours together, many with laughs and good times. Mrs. Fontechia had a special tree planted in front of Nathan Hale School in honor of Alexa. During the dedication of the tree, she wrote and read a speech which stated:
"Alexa was part of Nathan Hale's 2010 Class and a student of mine for 6 years. But on May 2, 2011 she lost her long battle to cancer.
Now, I know many of you have not had the opportunity to know Alexa as I did, but you should know that she was full of life, laughter, and love. She had the best one liners that would make you cry with laughter. She had an enormous love for dogs, especially her two dogs, Lola and Coco. And anything related to food, she loved food. We would talk about eating all the time! And what a fierce competitor! She never wanted to lose a single game. We had many intense Connect Four Battles, that no matter how hard I tried, she won!
For 6 years Alexa was my student. But when I think about it, not only was she my student, she became my teacher. She taught me how to make the most of life. To control what you can control and make the best of the rest. She is a true inspiration to me and has made me a better person, mom and teacher. So I want to say thank you Alexa, I will always cherish our time together; you will always be in my heart. I love and miss you.
So to honor and celebrate the life of Alexa Rederer, we have planted this pink dogwood tree. Pink was one of her favorite colors and she loved to help people. So when the pink flowers bloom and her tree provides us shade on sunny days, please take a minute to remember this wonderful girl."