Weare teacher appears in Huey Lewis music video featuring frontline workers

  • Weare elementary school teacher Linda Gosselin appeared in a music video by Huey Lewis & The News released on Aug. 19. Courtesy of Huey Lewis & The News

Monitor staff
Published: 8/20/2020 11:10:29 AM

Weare elementary school teacher Linda Gosselin has been a fan of the rock band Huey Lewis & the News since college. Last spring, when she saw the band was calling for frontline workers to submit video clips of themselves holding up a lyric card for an upcoming music video, she jumped at the chance.

“I really like them because I’ve always liked bands that have a horn section,” Gosselin said. “Its not like your typical band, they are very well-rounded.”

The video, which goes along with a new song titled “I Am There For You,” was released last week. One minute and 13 seconds into the video, Gosselin appears holding a card with the title words of the song in front of a wall covered with student artwork, smiling broadly. The video also features clips of health care professionals, grocery store workers and police officers from around the country.

Gosselin, a reading i nterventionist at Center Woods Elementary School, says she recorded her clip from her virtual classroom at home in May when she and her fellow teachers were working remotely. In the clip, a sign that says “2nd grade rocks!” is visible on the wall behind Gosselin’s right shoulder.

“Those students are part of my forever family. We shared so many experiences throughout the year and some rather unique ones as we worked our way through the transition to remote learning for the last four months of the school year,” Gosselin said.

Gosselin said she gets emotional when she thinks about how proud she is to represent teachers in the video as so many across the country are preparing to re-enter their classrooms.

“I think the timing of it is great as we are preparing to go back,” Gosselin said. “We are going to be right in the throes of this real soon.”

In a statement after the release of the video, lead singer Huey Lewis said he is grateful to frontline workers who are helping others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are lucky and proud to have such wonderful fans, many of whom are frontline workers themselves to highlight the courage, compassion and sacrifices we are so grateful for,” Lewis said.

Eileen O

Eileen O'Grady is a Report for America corps member covering education for the Concord Monitor since spring 2020. O’Grady is the former managing editor of Scope magazine at Northeastern University in Boston, where she reported on social justice issues, community activism, local politics and the COVID-19 pandemic. She is a native Vermonter and worked as a reporter covering local politics for the Shelburne News and the Citizen. Her work has also appeared in The Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, The Bay State Banner, and VTDigger. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in politics and French from Mount Holyoke College, where she served as news editor for the Mount Holyoke News from 2017-2018.

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