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."
Perhaps her final lesson to her students is the most important of all. Through her death, she has taught them to care for others the way she cared for them. They should realize just how precious life is and to enjoy the moments they have here on this planet. Unlike math, life has no guaranteed solution.
We were struck by the words of student Ashley Buffa, who upon hearing of Lawrence-Lane’s death went home and wrote a song, "She’s Home," that has nearly 4,000 views on youtube. She wrote:
"And as she watches from the skies,
she says do not mourn,
but celebrate my life.
So dry your eyes, you’ll be okay.
I’ll watch over you every single day.
Even though life isn’t fair
I’ll try to help you understand
the Lord God, the Lord God,
He has a higher plan.
So don’t you cry, just know.