A principal for the Rutherford County School System unexpectedly passed away last night (Tuesday 12/5/17) after an emergency medical situation. A message is being sent to parents.
Mrs. Ginger Tucker has been the principal of Stewarts Creek Elementary School since 2012.
Schools spokesperson James Evans told WGNS, "She was a devoted wife and mother of four daughters, she loved her school children and treated them as her own. She is highly respected among her peers and will be greatly missed."
Mrs. Tucker has served children for most of her adult life.
A veteran educator of 40 years, Tucker spent 26 combined as a classroom teacher at Smyrna Primary School, Stewartsboro Elementary School and Rock Springs Elementary School. She served for three years as the Title I schoolwide coordinator at Smyrna Elementary School before moving to Stewarts Creek as an assistant principal, a role she held for six years prior to being named principal.
The employees of the school were notified of the tragedy this Wednesday morning by Assistant Superintendent Richard Zago, who worked alongside Mrs. Tucker for many years while he was principal of Stewarts Creek Elementary School and Smyrna Elementary School.
Evans told us the schools are not planning to announce the situation to students because they want parents to have the first opportunity to do so, but they also know that undoubtedly some students will hear about the situation. The school district has additional counselors on campus Wednesday and Thursday to help employees and students as they process the situation. Parents can also pick up their children earlier if they so choose.
The family will announce funeral arrangements soon.