January 3, 2012
Jessica Romo takes notes while listening to Mary Tallouzi.
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One-on-one teaching experience helps expand students’ minds
On a recent winter day, the students from Payson Education Center (PEC) listened intently to Mary Tallouzi as she recounted the heartbreaking tale of her son. “I received a call from the defense department on Sept. 25, 2006 that changed my life,” she said. “They said, “Your son has been wounded in Iraq. You and your family are on standby.” Tallouzi’s son, Sgt. Daniel Tallouzi, had brain damage after a mortar attack in Iraq left a piece of shrapnel the size of a quarter in the center of his brain. For two years, Tallouzi sat at her son’s side, providing constant care. He eventually passed away in 2009, two years after the attack.