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BOHS students morn sudden unexpected death of special ed teacher, Jeannie Parel

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Jeannie Parel, assistant life skills teacher at Brea Olinda High School, died suddenly of a stroke on March 6. The popular teacher had been teaching for 16 years. The Best Buddies program and the special education department dedicated Parel’s parking spot in memory of her commitment to the school and her students.(courtesy photo)

    Sad news: It is with deep sorrow to report a beloved instructional skills assistant teacher at Brea Olinda High School -- Jeannie Parel, passed away suddenly March 6 after suffering a stroke.

      Jeannie had been with the Special Education department for 16 years and touched so many lives in the process. Many students and faculty members were struggling with the unexpected loss and wanted to come up with a special way to honor the amazing teacher. Hundreds gathered for a memorial service including Parel’s mother, siblings, fiance’ and other family members.They all gathered to honor the teacher with a beautiful balloon sendoff as well as a special dedication of Parel’s favorite parking spot.

        A student in her class, Rolando Ramirez, came up with the parking spot dedication. He said, " I learned from Ms. Jeannie that we need always to show love and respect to the people we care about."

          By Susan Gaede
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