Remembering the Educators We’ve Lost to COVID-19

In 2020, teachers became frontline workers in a deadly pandemic. Some of them lost their lives. This month, paid tribute to some of the school officials we’ve lost to COVID-19.

The list of memorials is long. Shockingly long. The number of faces under 50 is staggering. Below is a list of California school officials, both acting and retired, who have died of COVID-19. To add a submission to the list, fill out this form

  • Betty Oshiro, retired professional from the Lincoln Elementary School District
  • Joe Radisich, Sr., retired coach at Mary Star of the Sea High School
  • Alby Kass, retired teacher with L.A. Unified
  • Kermit Holderman, retired teacher with Sacred Heart Schools
  • Julia Maye Alexander, retired teacher/Vice Principal of Nye Elementary School in San Diego
  • Russ Abraham, retired teacher with Harry Dewey Elementary in Carmichael
  • Carol van Zalingen, Dean of Student Support at Westridge School for Girls in Pasadena
  • Iola Duncan Tandy, retired cafeteria worker with the Esparto School District in Woodland
  • Jack B. Indreland, retired substitute teacher with LAUSD
  • Ann Davis, retired teacher at Lee Junior High School in Woodland
  • Terese Chiames Caire, teacher at Palm Crest Elementary in La Canada
  • Mary Palo, retired cafeteria manager with Claremont Unified
  • Lilian Teret, cafeteria worker at Mulholland Middle School in Winnetka
  • Glen Nakahara, teacher at Jackie Robinson Academy in Long Beach
  • Lilly Barron, teacher at Osborn Two-Way Immersion Academy in Turlock



Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 06:59

The school advocacy group, Great Public Schools Now, released a report last week detailing the pandemic’s impact on students in the state’s largest school district, LA Unified.