Mainland mourns the loss of beloved Spanish teacher

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Senora Peggy Ramirez Senora Peggy Ramirez

LINWOOD—The student body and staff at Mainland Regional High School are mourning the loss of popular Spanish teacher Peggy Ramirez, who passed away unexpectedly Monday, Feb. 17.

Ramirez, 32, of Mays Landing has been teaching at Mainland since 2005. She is also the advisor to the popular International Culture Club and is involved with many of the student activities around Mainland. Ramirez was among the panel of judges for the annual MRHS Lip Sync earlier in the school year.

“This is a real shock to our school community,”  District Superintendent Tom Baruffi said.

He and staff members gathered Monday night to put together a plan to tell the students and to offer counseling at the school.  

 “Senora Ramirez was a terrific teacher, but her greatest strength just might be how she was able to connect with the kids. I spoke with one of her students this morning and she told me, ‘She got us.’ That probably best exemplifies her connection to the kids: She got them,” said Baruffi.

Grief counselors were brought into the school if students and any staff wanted to talk with them. The superintendent said there were counselors in all of Ramirez’s classes and during the unit lunch and for students involved with the International Culture Club.

Ramirez is married and leaves behind her husband, Aden, and her son, Jayden, 2. A memorial has been set up on to raise funds for Jayden. Before the end of the day Tuesday, more than 115 supporters had donated nearly $4,000.

Most of those making donations left the amount hidden, but there was no hiding the emotions felt at the loss of this very special member of the Mainland High School family.

Stephanie Osoria commented: “RIP to a beautiful person who was such an inspiration and role model to so many of us. You touched the lives of every single student that has walked the halls of Mainland Regional. My prayers are with your son and family during this hard time.”

“She has been such an inspiration to every life she touched, Rest in peace,” was posted by Erin O’Connell, and Yvonne Olson posted,” Jayden - your mother was a phenomenal woman. She changed lives.”

Organizers hope to honor Peggy Ramirez by raising $10,000 for Jayden's future.
Funeral arrangements had not been finalized as of press time.

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