The San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) worked this week to help teachers and students cope with the loss of a new teacher.
Nancy Magaña, who had just started teaching math at Del Vallejo Leadership and STEAM Academy this school year, was shot at Delmann Heights Park early Saturday morning as she sat in her truck with her boyfriend and her 5-year-old son.
The San Bernardino Police Department declined to comment for this story, as this remains an ongoing investigation as of press time.
The district has begun helping her students and colleagues cope with her death. They sent their District Crisis Intervention Team to Del Vallejo.
"Team members met with all teachers and administrators (Monday) morning," said Communications Officer Maria Garcia. "The plan is to provide assistance to every student that Ms. Magaña taught and students on the volleyball team because Ms. Magaña coached the team."
Del Vallejo Vice Principal Jackie Maner shared these words about Magaña:
"Although Nancy had only worked at Del Vallejo Leadership & STEAM Academy for a few short weeks, she left a lasting impression on the students and staff the moment she walked on campus. Nancy’s passion for education was apparent once she answered the first interview question for the position of seventh grade math teacher. Nancy was a novice teacher that possessed the poise and skillset of a teacher with far greater experience and expertise in the field."
Maner cites Magaña's time as a student of San Bernardino schools as having contributed to her character.
"As a product of SBCUSD, Nancy considered herself as being an adult version of the students she served. She expressed how growing up in San Bernardino and attending neighborhood schools within the district, gave her greater insight and relatability to the students she served. Not only did Nancy establish relationships with the students in her classes, the staff was also very fond of her."
Maner reminds her students and staff that no matter how long or short a time one is present, their contribution can last a lifetime.
"While we were blessed to only have Nancy grace the halls of Del Vallejo for a brief moment in time, the impression she made on our lives will be felt for years to come."
Parents seeking resources to discuss this loss with their children are urged to contact their child's school. Each site has counseling resources available to all students.