WEST AUSTIN (KXAN) — “She was very near and dear to our hearts,” says Lake Travis High School Principal Kimberly Brents.
“She was always joyous,” says Theo Tutuianu, one of Ginger Johnson’s students. “She really made science fun.”
Nothing but kind words. Hundreds of people filled the performing arts auditorium at Lake Travis High School, consoling one another as they remember one of their own, Chemistry teacher Ginger Johnson.
“Her positivity in her smile, we’ll always remember her and we feel so lucky and blessed to get to know her, to have her as our teacher, friend and mentor,” says student Michaela Francisco.
Ginger worked for the Lake Travis Independent School District for 25 years, her knowledge and experience kept the high school moving forward.
“Having someone that was kind of the glue that held that all together, and was very important to me,” says Kimberly.
She was important to her students as well.
“I think a teacher who is willing to be patient with a kid that is a smart aleck, in polite terms, I think that’s what I’m going to miss,” says student Chris Rogers.
“She had so much compassion and she was such a nice person and at the end of the day you knew you could always go to her,” says Kruthi Krishnachaitanya, another student.
Now these students, friends, family, and co-workers are leaning on one another during a loss to their community.
“You see tragedy happen all over the place and when it comes down to it, it really is about the kind hearts and loving each other and supporting each other and I think that’s what we saw here today,” says Kimberly.
Support, as a shining light of Lake Travis High is remembered.
Ginger had a doctor’s appointment the morning of the crash, and was then driving to school on a route she did not normally take.
She leaves behind a husband and two grown daughters.