Martin was a popular teacher who loved science

September 25, 2013

SCOTTVILLE — Students and staff at Mason County Central Schools are still in shock this morning after learning of the death of seventh grade science teacher Sherryl Martin. Martin passed away this morning at her home.

“It’s shocking to us all,” Superintendent Jeff Mount said. “It’s kind of a hard pill to swallow right now.” Mount said he was informed of Martin’s death early this morning by a Mason County sheriff deputy. Immediately, Mount informed staff and then parents. He said school officials also verbally told students as they entered the middle school and high school buildings this morning.

“We have counselors and social workers talking to the students. So far we’ve had about 15 kids who have needed counseling. This is just a shock to us all. I’m sure we will also have to provide some counseling to our staff members as this sinks in, especially towards the end of the day.”

Mount said he was told Martin died of natural causes.

He described her as a popular teacher who loved science and loved her students. “She taught with a hands-on approach and that’s just the best way for students to learn,” he said.

Martin’s classroom was the first room visitors would pass when entering the main door of the middle school. She started working for MCC in 1996 and spent six years as principal of Riverton Elementary when that school was open. She was the last principal of that school. “When we closed Riverton, Sherryl decided she wanted to get back into teaching, which is what she loved to do,” Mount said.

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