ANDOVER (CBS) — Bancroft Elementary School students wrote messages outside the school in Andover on Thursday in honor of Tia Pittounicos, a third-grade teacher who unexpectedly passed away last February.
After her passing, interim Superintendent of Andover Public Schools Claudia Bach described Pittounicos as “an absolute ray of sunshine.”READ MORE: Police: Woburn Man Who Just Received License To Carry Accidentally Shoots Friend While Showing New Gun
On Thursday morning, students drew hearts, peace signs, flowers and suns to commemorate Pittounicos.READ MORE: 9-Year-Old In Critical Condition After Being Pulled From Methuen Pool
One message said, “Be the Sunshine”, echoing Bach’s statement.
“She loved working as a teacher and her dedication, enthusiasm and positivity radiated throughout the building,” Bach wrote back in February. “Although Ms. Pittounicos taught in Andover for a short period of time, she quickly developed a wonderful rapport with staff and families.”MORE NEWS: I-Team Sources: Son Charged With Murdering 80-Year-Old Mother Inside Lynn Home
The Lawrence Eagle-Tribune reported that an email sent to students and staff from the school principal said her death came after “a short illness.”