Remembering Jean Kuczka, The Teacher That Lost Her Life Protecting Her Students

“Jean Kuczka was an amazing educator,” tweeted Glenn Barnes, a former teacher at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School.

“She loved her students and helped them make a difference in the school and community. This is a huge loss. I always loved seeing her at the school.”

“I had the pleasure & honor of being Ms. Kuczka’s student for 3 separate classes, and I absolutely loved her,” commented one of Jean’s students on her obituary wall.

“I am better because I knew her and the world was a much better place when she was apart of it.”

Not only was she an outstanding educator, but she was also a hero. Not long after the shooting had ended, Jean’s daughter Abigail received word that she protected her students during the terrible event. Reports say that when the gunman entered Jean’s room, she stood in front of him in to save her students.

“My mom loved kids,” Abigail told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “She loved her students. I know her students looked at her like she was their mom.”

We are sending our sincerest condolences to all of those who knew Jean and are suffering from this awful tragedy. To read more about Jean’s life, visit the link here.

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