Since August. 'Georgia has lost more than 2 dozen teachers, staff since start of school year to COVID-19' @GovKemp, this is on you.…
@GovKemp 'The youngest was just 24 years old.

They were teachers and coaches. They were bus drivers and school resource officers. They were administrative assistants and daycare teachers. They were lunchroom managers and education specialists.'
@GovKemp 'Leah Ann Tinsley, 64, died of COVID-19 on Sept. 11, according to her son. She was a bookkeeper with the Board of Education and had worked at Rutland Middle School. She leaves behind a son and grandson.'
@GovKemp 'Rodney Lee, 44, died Sept. 6 after a battle with COVID-19, the Dalton Daily-Citizen reported. The father of three had been a P.E. teacher at Varnell Elementary School in Dalton for 18 years. '
@GovKemp 'Bobby Leverette, 75 died of COVID-19 Sept. 5, the Associated Press confirmed. He was one of three bus workers to die of the virus in the same week. He was a grandfather of two and a bus driver for the Griffin-Spalding School District.'
@GovKemp 'Jamie Morris, 40, died of COVID-19 on Sept. 4, according to his wife. He was a 7th-grade teacher at Pierce County Middle School and a father of three. He also coached middle school soccer and football.'
@GovKemp 'Angela Sistrunk, 62, died of COVID-19 Sept. 4 in Savannah, according to She was a longtime 6th-grade science teacher at DeRenne Middle School who had retired, but came back to teach this year. She had been vaccinated, but had underlying health conditions
@GovKemp 'Frankie Guitierrez, 46, died Sept. 2 after a battle with COVID-19. He was a school resource officer at Welch Elementary in Coweta County. He was the father of four, including a newborn, and took the job so he could spend more time with his family.'
@GovKemp 'Scarlet Driggers, 60, died of COVID-19 on Sept. 2, according to her family. She had been employed with the Bulloch County school system for over 20 years in nutrition services. She was most recently the lunchroom manager at Portal Elementary School. She was a mother of four.'
@GovKemp 'Ryan Dupree, 24, died of COVID-19 on Sept. 6, just one day after testing positive. Dupree was the new assistant basketball coach at Shorter University in Rome.'
@GovKemp 'Kristi Crawford, 49, died Aug. 27 after a week-long battle with COVID-19, reports. She was a teacher at J.D. Davis Elementary School in Columbus for more than 20 years. She leaves behind four daughters.'
@GovKemp 'Dr. Michael Lewis, 42, died of COVID-19 on Sept. 1 in Bainbridge, numerous friends and coworkers said on social media. He was an award-winning teacher, author, coach and adjunct professor in Bainbridge, Georgia.'
@GovKemp 'Sean Hammond, 51 died Aug. 30 after testing positive for COVID-19 just days into the school year. Hammond was a football coach at Hammond Creek Middle School in Dalton. Hamond tested positive three days into pre-planning and new teacher induction'
@GovKemp 'Penny Gary, 58, died of COVID-19 Aug. 29, reports. She was a social studies teacher at Statesboro High School in Bulloch County and had taught with the district for 17 years. She leaves behind her son and several grandchildren.'
@GovKemp 'Natalia D’Angelo, 43, died Aug. 28 of COVID-19. She was a special education bus driver in the Griffin-Spalding School District. Her bus monitor, Marie Darley, also died of the virus. A wreath was hung on her bus, #07-14.'
@GovKemp 'Chris Bachelor, 42, died Aug. 25 after a month-long battle with COVID-19. He was a school resource officer at C.W. Davis Middle School in Hall County. He leaves behind his wife and an 11-year-old daughter.'
@GovKemp 'Rachael Akridge, 41, died of COVID-19 on August 21, her family confirmed on a GoFundMe. She was an administrative assistant at Transitions Learning Center in Statesboro. Her 26-year-old stepson Jimmy Adkins also died of the virus just four days before Akridge’s death.'
@GovKemp 'Rashida Kimmons, 40, died Aug. 19 of COVID-19. She taught at S.L. Mason Elementary School in Valdosta. “One of the last things she asked me was, ‘Who has my kids?’'
@GovKemp 'Marie Darley, 75, died Aug. 19 of COVID-19. She was a special education bus monitor with the Griffin-Spalding School District. The driver of her bus, D’Angelo, also died. Darley was a grandmother to 12 and great-grandmother to 14.'
@GovKemp 'Brian Mainor, 51, died of COVID-19 on Aug. 18. He was a teacher at Hahira Elementary School in Valdosta. He was the second teacher in the district to die in just 24 hours. Rashida Kimmons died on Aug. 19.'
@GovKemp 'Shirley Duggan, 77, died of COVID-19 on Aug. 15, according to the Brantley County School District. She was a school bus driver in Brantley County for some 20 years. She loved going to church and spending time with her five sons, 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.'
@GovKemp 'Walter Kearse IV, 36, died Aug. 13 despite the fact that he was fully vaccinated. He was a teacher and graduation coach at Luella Middle School in Locust Grove.'
@GovKemp 'Janet Bruce, 50, died of COVID-19 on Aug. 12, family members told The mother of two was a physics teacher at Grayson High School in Gwinnett County. Bruce taught for Gwinnett County Schools for 27 years.'
@GovKemp 'Betty Hutcheson, 59, died Aug. 11 of COVID-19, according to her brother. She was an early intervention program teacher at Twin City Elementary School in Emmanuel County. She was slated to teach math this year. She was the mother of two'
@GovKemp 'Catherine Shuman, 38, also died Aug. 11 after a battle with COVID-19, according to her family. She was a science and social studies teacher at Wacona Elem in Waycross. She also coached the Wacona Science Olympiad team.'
@GovKemp 'Sandra Ingram, 45, died Aug. 1 of COVID-19, her sister-in-law said on social media. Ingram was a preschool teacher at the Goddard School in Midtown Atlanta and a mother of five, the youngest whom is just 1-and-a-half years old.'
@GovKemp 'Deborah Daniels, 66, died of COVID-19 on July 31, according to the Johnson City Wire. She was a school bus driver for the Savannah-Chatham County School district. She was also the Union Steward for the local Teamsters branch. '
@GovKemp May their memories be a blessing. Please, for the love of all that is holy or important to you, get vaccinated.

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