LEAVENWORTH — Cascade School District students and staff are mourning the loss of Cascade High School teacher Erin Hagedorn.
Hagedorn, a special services teacher, died early this week in an accident while on a family vacation in Idaho with her husband, Jon, and their two boys, according to a post on the district’s website. Details about the incident were not available. The family lives in Plain.
“Hagedorn was known for her positive attitude, encouragement, patience and compassion,” Cascade School District Superintendent Tracey Beckendorf-Edou said in a statement Thursday. “She will be greatly missed.”
Hagedorn started working for the school district in 2011, first as a substitute teacher, then as a paraeducator, and for the past two years as a full-time teacher at Cascade High School. She was certified in secondary English Language Arts and recently completed her special education certification and her master’s degree.
A prayer gathering was held Tuesday evening at the Plain Community Church. Cascade Medical Center psychologist Maxwell Moholy will be at the CHS Commons from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday to support staff and students who are grieving.
A GoFundMe page was started Tuesday to help the family. By Thursday morning, more than $34,000 had been raised.
Jon Hagedorn is the founder of Family Lines, a Plain-based nonprofit that provides wilderness expeditions and workshops designed to help dads and their children connect. The GoFundMe page was created by Jared Harrison, development director and filmmaker for the organization.