The Mohonasen Central School District community is mourning the loss of high school teacher Dennae Hughes, who passed away June 9 after a courageous battle with brain cancer.
Mrs. Hughes taught 9th and 10th grade history at Mohonasen High School for 15 years.
“Dennae had a passion for life, for teaching and for her students. She was outgoing and had a very sharp wit. She developed strong relationships with colleagues and students, many of whom have visited and kept in close touch with Dennae and her family as she fought her disease with a positive attitude,” said Superintendent Dr. Kathleen A. Spring. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Dennae’s family and friends as they grieve this loss and celebrate her life.”
Counselors are available for any staff member or student who is having difficulty dealing with this loss.
Children grieve in different ways; some may be very upset while others may exhibit seemingly inappropriate responses. Even if your child has not had direct ties to Mrs. Hughes, they still may be upset by this event. Please give your child(ren) an opportunity to express their feelings and contact high school principal Kevin Warren if there is any concern about your child’s response.
You can find resources to help children deal with grief on the district’s Children and the Grieving Process webpage.
“Dennae will be remembered for her passion for education and her indomitable spirit,” said Spring. “She will be missed.”