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9-4-06 Teachers are special and death of young one is tragic

An article caught my eye about the death of 22 year old Lindsay Hammon in Snellville on August 14, while preparing to attend her first day of class fulfilling a lifetime dream. .................................................. Her story is very sad and poignant. She had so much potential…………..

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September 3, 2006

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Teachers are special and death of young one is tragic

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By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc.

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Teachers have always had a special place in my heart and in that of most of us.   Several Elementary and High School teachers made a tremendous impact on me and my life.   Many are highlighted at (Oconee Teachers.Com - http://oconeeteachers.com/i ).   Several teachers became life-long friends, an advantage of small town life.

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In recent years, my feeling has been enhanced by the fact that my daughter is a Sixth Grade Social Studies Teacher at Lost Mountain Middle School.   During August she (with some help from her mother) spent much time preparing her classroom for opening day.

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An article caught my eye about the death of 22 year old Lindsay Hammon in Snellville on August 14, while preparing to attend her first day of class fulfilling a lifetime dream.

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Her story is very sad and poignant.   She had so much potential.Like my daughter she had worked to prepare her classroom for her students who never would meet her.   One can only express condolences to her family and friends.   It is a very great loss of a Special Person.

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Recent University alumna Lindsay Hammon died of unknown causes Aug 14., the day she was to begin teaching kindergarten in Suwanee. (Special - The Red & Black)

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Lindsay Hammon   (AJC Picture)


8-17-06 New Teacher dies in Gwinnett before first class

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The Gwinnett Daily Post

http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/

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August 17, 2006

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New teacher dies before first class

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By Camie Young

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LAWRENCEVILLE - Lindsay Hammon's dreams were coming true.

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She graduated magna cum laude in May, then prepared herself for life as a teacher.

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She decorated her classroom at Level Creek Elementary School and was ready to welcome her first kindergarten class.

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But the 22-year-old Snellville woman didn't make it to class where her first students were waiting.
Hammon died unexpectedly Monday morning as she was preparing for school.


"She was born to be a teacher," Hammon's sister-in-law Angelia Hammon said tearfully. "She would have probably been the best teacher that they would ever have."

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Despite a coroner's report, Hammon's death remains a mystery, Angelia Hammon said. Her heart was healthy, and there was no sign of an aneurysm. The only possibility mentioned was that Hammon may have had a seizure, but she hadn't experienced that ailment since she was 10 and fell off the monkey bars on a playground.

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There is no explanation for why tragedy struck at a time of such joy.
Lindsay Hammon had also met the man of her dreams, and the family was planning to celebrate her engagement party Saturday and her wedding next summer.

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"It was such a happy time for her and everybody," Angelia said.
But now the start of school is the beginning of grief for the Hammon family as well as the Level Creek Creek students, teachers and administrators.

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Nancy Kiel, principal at the Suwanee school, sent a letter to parents to talk about the tragedy.
In the letter, she said Hammon's students were greeted by the paraprofessional they met at registration and a substitute teacher, and then parents were called with news of the tragedy so they could help their children understand why they would be moving to a new class.

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An announcement was made to the older children, but the school was leaving it to parents to talk to kids in kindergarten and first grade. Counselors and administrators were made available for the students.


"As we mourned the loss of this young, new educator, we also worried about our students and how they would take this sad news," Kiel wrote in the letter. "It is difficult to lose a member of our Level Creek family."

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Lindsay Hammon is survived by her fiance, mother Linda Lester Hammon of Snellville, father Paul Layton Hammon of Austell; brother and sister-in-law Paul K. and Angelia Hammon of Acworth, grandparents, a nephew and niece and various aunts, uncles and cousins.

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She was a 2002 graduate of South Gwinnett High School and received her bachelor's degree in early childhood education from the University of Georgia.

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Funeral services will be held at Snellville United Methodist Church, where she was a member and worked for five years in the day care.
The Rev. David Walters will officiate the ceremony at 3 p.m. today.

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Also, SEE:

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/shared-blogs/ajc/badie/entries/2006/08/17/tragic_loss_on.html

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August 17, 2006

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Tragic loss on first day of school


The Red and Black

http://www.redandblack.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2006/08/21/44e90795f32cb

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August 21, 2006

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Recent graduate dies suddenly on first day of new teaching job


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