Simon will forever be a part of their family.
"She is a hero," he said.
'His teacher saved his life'
Other teachers literally risked both life and limb, shielding students with their bodies.
Suzanne Haley was impaled by the leg of a desk protecting her children.
"We crowded the children under desks and me and a fellow teacher put ourselves in front of the desks that the children were under," she told CNN's Piers Morgan.
The roof and walls collapsed around them.
"Amazingly, by the grace of god, I kept it together," she said. "I couldn't go into hysterics in front of my children, in front of the other students. I had to be calm for them."
"It's nothing anybody wouldn't do," Haley said. "These children -- we see their smiles, their tears, every day, in and out, and we love them."
Another Briarwood teacher, Cindy Lowe, instructed students to move to an inner part of a room where there was a built-in bookcase as the tornado approached.
They crouched in the fetal position and used books to protect their heads, according to Lowe's husband.
Among the kids she was watching was their son.
"She sort of got over my son, got over the other children, just sort of was trying to shield anyone she could," Chad Lowe told CNN.
"A cinder block wall actually fell on her back, and she kind of lifted herself up," he said.
After the storm passed, another teacher came to help the kids get out from under the wall and help Cindy Lowe, too.
Lowe suffered a concussion and has a bad sprain on her ankle and lots of bruises, her husband said, but is expected to be OK.
Their son and the other children all survived.
"His teacher saved his life," a mother gushed to CNN affiliate KFOR. "I have no doubt that God and his teacher, I mean, they lifted a wall off of these kids."