‘True heart of a teacher.’ School district mourns death of teacher with COVID-19
JENKINS, Ky. (Lexington Herald-Leader/WYMT) - A 29-year-old Jenkins Independent Schools teacher has died after battling coronavirus according to our news partners at the Lexington Herald-Leader.
In a Facebook post officials offered condolences on the death of Jenkins Middle High School teacher Joannie Bartley, saying she “was a special person with a true heart of a teacher..”
Bartley died Monday at Pikeville Medical Center, an obituary at Lucas & Son Funeral Home stated.
“Joannie Bartley was a wonderful person and a tremendous teacher,” Superintendent Damian Johnson said in a statement. “Our Cavalier family is greater for having had her as a part of it. She was a role model and positive influence for her students and she will be missed by all who knew her.”
Johnson confirmed Tuesday night that Bartley died while being treated for COVID-19.
Bartley said in a September 6th Facebook post she had tested positive despite being fully vaccinated and always wearing a mask.
The school district said counseling and bereavement support services would be available for students and staff members.
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