Friday, 27 Nov 2020

Teacher, 26, dies suddenly as sister pens emotional note to ‘my rock’

Heartbreaking tributes have poured in for a young teacher who died suddenly during the October break.

Jennifer Stirling, 26, died last week to the shock of her friends, family, and school colleagues.

The primary school teacher, who worked at Wishaw Primary School in Motherwell, Scotland, has left the community “shattered”.

Headteacher Catherine Barr said the P3 teacher was “greatly loved and admired” by pupils, The Daily Record reported.

Jennifer’s grieving sister Amanda penned an emotional tribute on Facebook, writing: “My beautiful big sister. I don’t know where to start, I can’t believe I’m having to write this when you had your whole life ahead of you.

“Thank you for being my rock. I’ve looked up to you for 22 years and will continue to do so.

“Thank you for making me laugh every day, even just your presence made everyone smile.

“I can’t imagine my life without you, my big sister, my best friend, my partner in crime, my rock.

“You are so loved and I miss you so much. Rest easy my sweet angel.”

Jennifer’s death at a tragically young age is being treated as an unexplained medical death and there are no suspicious circumstances.

She had worked at Wishaw Academy Primary since 2017, starting off as a probationer before taking on a permanent role.

Colleagues and parents of children at the school were informed during the October break.

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Devastated staff members returned to the school on Monday for their first day without their “highly dedicated” colleague.

Headteacher Catherine Barr said: “The entire school community is in deep shock at the sudden death of our dear friend and colleague Jennifer Stirling.

“She was a highly dedicated teacher and was very popular with pupils, staff and parents. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time.”

Jennifer, a qualified dance teacher, also taught at the Lynn C Duncan Dance School in Motherwell and Blantyre.

Owner Lynn paid tribute to the "precious member" of the family who was taken "far too young".

A post read: "Jennifer Stirling was firstly my daughter’s school friend, then a frequent part of my household, she joined the dance school and was a valued member of the dance school as a pupil, trainee teacher, then qualified teacher. She taught at Blantyre then Motherwell classes until the end of the last session.

“She was a precious member of our family and we mourn her, taken far too young. Fly high, with our love sweet girl.”

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