Tapestry Charter School Teacher Dies Suddenly on School Trip Overseas

March 26, 2013 Updated Mar 26, 2013 at 6:59 PM EDT

By WKBW News

...
March 26, 2013 Updated Mar 26, 2013 at 6:59 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y (WKBW). -
Sarah Acton, a High School Spanish teacher at Tapestry Charter School, became ill on a trip to Costa Rica with her students. The cause of her tragic death unknown.

School administrators report all 11 students on the trip are safe and will be returning to Buffalo shortly.

On Monday, school officials remembered Acton and the love she had for her job, her students, and her co-workers.

"She showed up here everyday and she was happy to be here, happy to be with her students," said Joy Pepper, Executive Director at Tapestry Charter School. "She was very frank and got a lot out of them. Kids respected her tremendously as did her coworkers and it is going to be very hard to go into her room."

Acton was working on obtaining her National Board Certification in world languages. She studied abroad in Coast Rica and had led other cultural language exchange programs to the country.

"No family should have to lose someone that young with so much talent and potential," said Pepper.

Grief counselors are available to students and staff members. The school will be holding a memorial service to celebrate Acton's life when students return after Spring Break.Grief counselors are available to students and staff members and the school will be holding a memorial service for Acton shortly.

In a statement from the school: "At Tapestry, we have implemented a plan for responding to this tragic event focused on helping our students and their families cope and get back to regular learning and everyday activities as soon as possible."

The news hits close to home for many, including many of us right here at Channel 7. Sarah's husband Jimmy is a former Channel 7 employee.

We send Jimmy our warmest thoughts and prayers.