Teaching Profession

Educators We’ve Lost to the Coronavirus

Some of the teachers, principals, coaches, counselors, and other staff members who’ve died
April 03, 2020 | Updated: April 06, 2021 1 min read

Coronavirus has taken the lives of hundreds of thousands—young and old, men and women, people of all backgrounds.

Among the educators 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. Some of them had retired, but are still vividly remembered for their deep impact on students’ lives.

As of April 6, 2021, at least 919 active and retired K-12 educators and personnel have died of COVID-19. Of those, 259 were active teachers.

In this memorial, we remember some of the dedicated educators lost to their communities and to the field.

Do you know someone who is not already in this memorial? Please tell us about them.

In addition to our own reporting and reader submissions, here are some other sources Education Week has used to identify and/or confirm names to include in this gallery: Amalgamated Transit Union memorial, American Federation of Teachers memorial, Dignitymemorial.com, Google alerts and search of local media reports, Legacy.com, Lexis-Nexis, @losttocovid Twitter account, the United Federation of Teachers memorial, and the UTLA memorial.

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