Carole Merrill was rushed to Sutter Tracy Community Hospital that Tuesday morning, after paramedics received a call for a teacher who had a medical emergency. When she was taken to the hospital, medics reported she had a faint pulse.
She died Aug. 22, according to a press release from the Jefferson School District.
Merrill was a 42-year-old mother of four, and was hired on full-time at the Jefferson School District in 2010 after working as a substitute for several years.
“Carole Merrill was an extremely hard working teacher who put long hours and a tremendous amount of passion into her students,” said Dana Eaton, the district’s superintendent. “The Traina staff is a family and they are deeply saddened by this tragic loss. They are supporting each other and supporting their students through this difficult time.”
Eaton said a letter was sent home to parents of Traina students, and counseling is being offered to students and staff alike.
“Carole was a beloved staff member and parent at Traina School,” wrote Principal Susan Moffitt. “The Traina School community and the Jefferson School District as a whole grieve her loss.”