On Monday, November 21, Karen Sinders, the Principal of Lufkin Road Middle School in North Carolina unexpectedly passed away on the school premises. The reason for her death is still unknown. The school, located in Wake County, North Carolina was shocked by this incident.
Southwestern Area Superintendent for the Wake County Public School System, Jonathan Enns, released a statement announcing the death of Karen Sinders to families who are or have been part of the school.
Jacques Gilbert, Mayor of Apex Public School Foundation also mourned her death with a heart-wrenching post on social media. “Karen gave everything in her service and leadership as an educator – ensuring all students had the opportunity to thrive. I am deeply saddened by the loss of a joyful friend, colleague and community member. I will miss her,” he wrote.
The school has decided to provide counseling services as well as services from the District Crisis Team to deal with the impact that Sinder’s death would have on the students and teachers. The school district also partnered with Transitions Grief Care to assist students, teachers, and staff members with services.
Who was Karen Sinders?
Karen Sinders was a teacher and principal at the Lufkin Road Middle School in North Carolina at the time of her death.
In 1998, Sinders earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education and Business from North Carolina State University. From 2000 to 2004, she studied for her Master’s in Secondary Education and Teaching at Indiana University Southeast. She went on to work in the secondary school administration at the same University.
Sinders worked as a teacher at the Southwestern High School for around five years, before working as an Assistant Principal at the Madison Consolidated Schools. After four years, she became the Principal of the school.
In 2012, Sinders was appointed as the Principal of Lufkin Road Middle School in Wake County. Karen Sinders served as an active member of the Wake County Educational Sector. She was a prominent member and played an essential role in the community as the Advisor to the Apex Public School Foundation.
Karen Sinders married Gregg Sinders in 1983. In a Facebook post on November 23, Gregg wrote, “On Monday, I lost my best friend, my travel buddy, my accountability partner, my biggest cheerleader, the love of my life, and my wife. Our family appreciates the love and support from family, friends, and the community.”
The water tower outside the Apex Town Hall was lit red on Tuesday as a tribute to Karen Sinder’s life and her contribution to the teaching community. The school district also partnered with Transitions Grief Care to assist students, teachers, and staff members with services.