Community Mourns Death of Local Elementary Teacher

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Sullivan -  "Just imagine somebody that comes in excited for what they do, that truly understands what is it be a passionate educator.  That was Christina," said Scott England, a 1st grade teacher at Sullivan Elementary.

Christina Sanders was a product of the Sullivan School District, and later in life, a teacher there.

Co-workers said that she was a teacher who impacted students and faculty alike.

"It was very obvious when you first met her she poured everything she had into teaching," said Sullivan Elementary Shcool principal Daniel Allen.

On Tuesday night, Sanders was hit by a car while jogging near her home.

She died Thursday, leaving a hole in the school district and the community.

"She understood what it was going to be like to be a pillar in the community and in the school, to serve the needs the students, but also the community as well.  That was her," said England.

England taught across the hall from Christina and he says she became like a sister to him.

England added,"I think that this district was extremely lucky to have an educator such as Christina."

While Christina Suhl Sanders may not walk through the doors this fall at Sullivan Elementary, her impact and influence will forever live on.

"Through what she's meant to everybody in this community, and in this school, she will be seen as a role model forever.  And people will aspire to be more like her I believe," added Allen.

Sanders was 30 years-old and leaves behind a husband and a 2 year-old son.

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