JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. - A third grade teacher from Jacksonville Beach is now reunited with her students.
Carley Glasser ran the Boston Marathon this year for the first time. She finished the race several minutes before two deadly explosions went off at the finish line.
"By that time, I had met up with people and we had gathered our stuff. I was two blocks away at a restaurant. Someone came in and said there was a bomb. I didn't know if it was at a hotel or what," Glasser told First Coast News.
She soon learned what had transpired and quickly made contact with her parents to say she was okay.
Glasser said they then took to social media and made phone calls to spread the word.
Back at Glasser's school, Beaches Episcopal, the head of school was relieved to hear the good news.
"We're just so thrilled she's alright," said Jackie Busse.
Students got right to work on making a banner for Glasser's return to school.
It's covered with their signatures and well wishes like 'keep running.'
Glasser arrived at the school around 7 a.m. Thursday and saw the banner for the first time.
A message on the school's marquee also greeted her. It said 'Welcome back Ms. Glasser.'
She said she is touched by everyone's support.
"Even before the race they wished me a lot of good luck," she said.
Glasser doesn't plan on going into great detail about the explosions in class, but said she would answer a few questions.
She is looking forward to getting back into teaching and helping her class with their projects on the 50 states.
First Coast News