Educators We Have Lost to the Coronavirus
An Education Week Memorial
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the lives of hundreds of American educators since its onset last spring.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Education Week has tracked the teachers, paraeducators, school support staff, principals, coaches, superintendents, and school board members who’ve died from COVID-19. The National Teachers Hall of Fame, sponsors of the National Memorial to Fallen Educators, is proud to partner with Education Week in its tribute to these educators lost this year. Their lives were well-lived as they impacted generations of students through the years. It is fitting that their lives be memorialized and their names be remembered through this virtual tribute.
Among those we’ve lost was a teacher who’d taught her students online the day before she died. Another was a school climate counselor at his alma mater who supported students struggling with behavior. One teacher in the Navajo Nation died from COVID-19 a few weeks after her son, a high school basketball coach, was killed by the virus.
Some of these educators had retired but are still vividly remembered for their deep impact on the lives of students, co-workers, and school communities.
In this memorial tribute, we remember the dedicated educators lost to their communities and to their profession. There will probably never be a complete list, but we endeavor to pay our respects to those we have lost. May they always be remembered.
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