MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) — A Breast Cancer Survivor — Many at Faith Academy knew that third grade teacher Shannon Deas was battling cancer again, but none of them were prepared for her sudden death.
“We were all in shock… We still couldn’t believe what was happening,” said Tim Skelton, director of Faith Academy.
Deas was undergoing treatment for stage four colon cancer and expected to be ready to teach again within the next school year. Principal Skelton says she just celebrated 25 years at Faith Academy.
“She was very stylish… Always well dressed — presented herself so well. Just a wonderful person,” Skelton said. “She bonded with her children… She knew how to communicate. She knew how to find their needs and meet their needs.”
Photos and memories flood in all week. Principal Barry Pickering will tell you that students were lucky enough to be in her class. Both of his children were privileged to have Miss Deas.
“She was just filled with love for her children and for the parents. And she was very much asked by parents to have their children in their class… She was very special,” Pickering said.
But even the students who didn’t have her knew Miss Deas, and she knew them.
“She made it a point to learn the names of the kids who weren’t in her class. And she essentially adopted them all — and they all knew they could come to her for anything, even if they weren’t in her class.” And I’ve heard it said more than once that she’s my favorite teacher I’ve never had,” said a colleague.
Many of those students laid flowers at a makeshift memorial outside her home. Miss Deas is clearly more than a teacher – she leaves an untold legacy in the hearts of her students and faith family.
“Just pray for the family as they go through this… Because it’s a shock to them as it is to us. And they’re going through a rough time,” Skelton said.
Shannon Deas was 55 years old. She will be laid to rest on Thursday 1 July. Faith Academy plans to dedicate the yearbook for the upcoming school year in honor of Miss Deas.
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