The Upper Arlington community is mourning the loss of one its own after the sudden and unexpected death of Barrington Elementary teacher Megan Fedorko.
Fedorko was a 1993 graduate of Upper Arlington High School and taught third grade at Barrington. She was also the mother of two children, ages 6 and 3.
Barrington Principal Jason Fine said he was notified of her death at about midnight on Nov. 29.
“It has been a very tough day here,” he said from Barrington on Nov. 30. “We still have very little of the details, but have been in contact with the family to express our condolences and let them know this community is thinking about them a great deal.”
Fine said Fedorko has been a teacher at Barrington for the past 12 years.
“She was one of a kind,” he said. “Megan was a caretaker; she wanted to make sure everyone around her was taken care of, whether you were a principal, colleague, student or parent.”
He said because she was an Upper Arlington High School graduate, Fedorko was well-known in the community.
“That is the power of this tragedy,” he said. “It is not just our community of Barrington that will be feeling this loss. It is impacting the larger community.
“Megan touched a lot of lives inside and outside of her family and there are a lot of people aching for her and her family right now,” he said.
He said he met with his administrators at 2 a.m. on Friday to discuss how to help students and staff members cope with Fedorko’s sudden passing.
“The No. 1 priority for our teachers is to take care of our students and make sure that students feel safe here at Barrington,” he said. “Our team of counselors and administrators were up at 2 a.m. to come up with an idea of what the school day would look like after this tragedy.”
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