CHS teacher dies

By JENNIFER COHRON
Posted 12/9/16

Daily Mountain Eagle

Faculty and students at Cordova High School were stunned Thursday by the death of English teacher Brittany Owens.

Owens died Wednesday night at home. A cause of death was not immediately known.

“I call her a walking …

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CHS teacher dies

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Daily Mountain Eagle

Faculty and students at Cordova High School were stunned Thursday by the death of English teacher Brittany Owens.

Owens died Wednesday night at home. A cause of death was not immediately known.

“I call her a walking light bulb because if it’s dark in a room, there was light once she walked in,” Principal Kathy Vintson said of Owens, a wife and mother of three.

Vintson said students were drawn to Owens’ sense of humor, positive attitude and kindness.

“She really cared about her students. She was young, and they could relate to her. She was a good, positive influence for them and was there for them all the time,” Vintson said.

Owens transferred to CHS after the closing of Parrish High School in 2014.

She taught ninth grade English and also served as prom sponsor and sponsor of Generation 2+2, a new club for Christian students.

Faculty were notified of Owens’ death before arriving at school Thursday morning and met for a moment to grieve together before going to their classrooms.

Vintson prepared a statement for teachers to read to their students at the start of the school day.

High school counselors from around the county as well as clergy were at the school throughout the day to comfort students.

“A lot of students have been coming in to talk about her and how she impacted their lives,” Vintson said.

The door to Owens’ classroom was turned into a makeshift memorial Thursday. Students poured out their emotions in cards and handwritten notes that they taped to the door.

Several athletic events and a band concert planned for Thursday were canceled.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.