Last week we lost a long time member of our faculty, Mrs. Karin Schmitt. If you knew her, please share your memories with her family by posting something either on the Commercial Appeal's memorial page or on the Legacy.com guestbook .
Here are the words I wrote to our school community immediately after hearing the sad news:
Dear Students, Parents, and Faculty,
I was just informed of the sudden passing of our beloved Math teacher, Mrs. Karen Schmitt earlier today. As you know, Mrs. Schmitt was a fixture in our Junior High and High Schools for decades. Her no-nonsense style was complemented by a tremendous heart that wanted nothing more than to see her students succeed. She would meet with students in class and outside of class, she'd take on extra sections and create sections within sections, just to give our students that extra boost they needed to taste success.
In recent years, her declining health forced her into a wheelchair and one only had to watch the way in which our students would gently wheel her from place to place, out to her car, or into the building, to see that our students cared for her as much as she cared for them. Indeed, our Girls High School had announced that their upcoming Girls School Dinner would be dedicated to honoring Mrs. Schmitt for her years of unwaivering dedication to our school. Sometimes, though, G-d has other plans.
Our thoughts and sympathy go out to her family today as they mourn this terrible loss.
Mrs. Schmitt was a teacher who touched the lives of countless students here at the MHA / FYOS and we, as a school, will forever remember her as such.