Seneca Valley School District mourning loss of teacher

March 14, 2019 Cranberry Local News


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JACKSON TWP — A Seneca Valley eighth grade teacher died Monday morning after a battle with an extended illness.

Karen Lee Young McClain, 62, taught in the Seneca Valley School District for the past 19 years with her time spent in the learning support classroom of Ryan Gloyer Middle School.

Additional counselors and support are being provided for students through the Center for Community Resources.

Seneca Valley Communications Director Linda Andreassi said substitute teachers have covered and will continue to cover McClain's classes “as she has been out ill for several months.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. McClain and her family during this very difficult time,” a letter sent to Ryan Gloyer parents on Monday read. “We also offer condolences to all the students and staff members, especially her fellow teachers and students on the Owls Team at RGMS. A beloved teacher, Ms. McClain's family shared with us this morning that they admired her 'love and commitment to Seneca Valley.' She will be greatly missed.”

The Seneca Valley School Board honored McClain with a moment of silence before Monday night's board meeting, and Andreassi said the district is planning to do something to memorialize McClain.

A celebration of her life is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Luke's Lutheran Church. The Seneca Valley letter “recommend(s) that a parent or guardian accompany their child to provide emotional support.”

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Alexandria Mansfield

Alexandria Mansfield

Alexandria Mansfield is a community reporter at the Cranberry Eagle. She worked as a freelance reporter before joining the Eagle staff in July 2018. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania's journalism and public relations department in 2018 and from Wellsboro Area High School in 2015. While at IUP, she served as a reporter and editor at The Penn, the university's student-run, twice-weekly newspaper, and earned first place awards from Pennsylvania News Media Association and Pittsburgh Black Media Federation in 2017 and 2018, respectively, for her news coverage and investigative reporting.