Jacksonville, Florida. A school spokesperson confirmed that two beloved teachers at Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville have died of complications due to COVID-19.
The two were a mother and daughter.
A TCA representative said Marilyn Fauci and Julie Fushi Noel died last week.
News4Jax contacted the administration of the private school after the concerned parents contacted them.
Communications director Chris Carr said the women contracted the virus during the Thanksgiving break and did not return to campus after the break. He said there was no exposure to anyone else connected to the school.
Family members, friends, and parents of Trinity students posted their condolences on social media, praising the teachers for their kindness, dedication and compassion.
“Really, really very sad,” said Rev. Tom Messer, who added that the two lived to serve others. “I think their legacy is because they loved children. They loved the Trinity and sacrificed themselves for the people all these years.”
Mom Marilyn, known to students as Mimi, has been a preschool teacher for years, and has been in school since 1994. Daughter Julie, preschool director – started out as an aide when she was a teenager and raised the ranks.
Noel, 44, died at the end of the week, days after her mother passed away at the age of 81.
“They embodied that we are not just nursery professionals. We are the grandmother and maternal aunt of all these children. We would love them and help them. You couldn’t have a better preschool worker than Julie and Marilyn were,” said Facer.
Many consider teachers to be front-line workers, at increased risk during the pandemic.
“In just the past week and a half, we learned that at least five of the teachers have died of COVID in Florida,” Andrew Sparr, president of the Florida Education Association, told News4Jax last week. “From managers to teachers, to support employees and bus drivers, this is a major concern and we have to protect our teachers.”
Spar, speaking on behalf of Florida’s largest teachers union, is asking Gov. Ron DeSantes to prioritize school staff getting COVID-19 vaccines.
Trinity society is devastated by the loss of two women who were of great influence and one family who deals with the weakness of the tragedy.
Facilitator said: “Our Christian worldview teaches us that suffering is part of life.” “It is imperative that we not only have to suffer, but we will have to face as we are this week until the loss of our loved ones and the people we care most about. He brings us back to the gospel message that our hope is Jesus Christ.”
The Trinity community plans to memorialize them in the coming weeks when students return from the Christmas break. a The GoFundMe Program is created to raise funds For those who want to help the family.
Marilyn was a widow and left a son.
Julie has three children and was a widow as well. Her husband died years ago, according to the priest.
The school said the kindergarten closed after a non-related employee tested positive nearly two weeks after the Thanksgiving holiday. Contact tracing has been completed and a portion of the nursery has been closed according to the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and the CDC.
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