Editorial: Good teacher gone too soon

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 06:22 PM.

We didn’t know Amanda Lawrence-Lane on a personal level. But, we’d like to think we know the type, a public servant dedicated to helping others succeed.

Lawrence-Lane, a Havelock High math teacher, collapsed in the school’s library on Friday. She died later at CarolinaEast Medical Center. She was only 33 years old.

The news saddened and shocked students and staff at the high school, who created a memorial Monday to honor someone who students liked and who had the respect of fellow teachers and the school’s administration.

We heard her described as a smart woman, who obtained her master’s degree and taught some of the highest-level math classes at the school. Yet we were told she had the patience necessary to teach complicated mathematical philosphies to 16-, 17-, and 18-year-olds.

We were told of the excitement she would show when students grasped a tough concept.

She obviously was very good at her job. She was in her 11th year teaching at Havelock High School and showed her dedication to the job and her students every day.

"She was a good person and a good teacher," Havelock High School Principal Jeff Murphy told us. "She cared about her students and taught them well."

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