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River City Science Academy Teacher With COVID-19 Has Died

Nicole Hollis

A third-grade teacher at River City Science Academy died Saturday of COVID-19.

WJCT News partner News4Jax reported fellow teachers and friends are remembering the life of 39-year-old Nicole Hollis.

Colleagues described her as a teacher who all teachers could learn from, and friends described her as a beautiful person. She had a big impact on those around her.

“She both impacted all of us, all of the other teachers, all the students that she ever taught,” said Michelle Wakefield, a friend and co-worker.

Hollis died on Saturday after a battle with COVID and pneumonia.

The school released a statement on Facebook, which said, “We have lost a third-grade teacher, team leader, dear friend and valued colleague.”

Her friends are remembering her for the great teacher she was.

“In her classroom, they relied on her for everything, you know, having a safe place, learning friendship,” Wakefield said. “She touched all of her students in such a great way.”

An expanded version of this story that includes a video report is at News4Jax.