Think about it. In a high school setting there is what? A minimum of at least 40 teachers? Plus all the staff. Then this teacher has six classes of 30 or more students. That's 180 kids, give or take a few. Add to that the sports programs this particular teacher was involved in and those are just the contacts this year. Depending on how many years at a particular school the numbers get high pretty quickly.
I think of my parents teaching for 30 years and all of the lives they have touched. What an impact just one person has on so many people. My heart goes out to all those whose lives have been touched by this teacher. My heart goes out to the family. My heart goes out to all of those who are mourning this loss. My heart goes out to all teachers who sacrifice and care for so many others besides themselves. I know my life would not be the same without the many teachers that have helped guide me along the way.