Alabama school district mourns sudden loss of first-year teacher due to COVID-19

Published 2:03 pm Friday, September 24, 2021

An Alabama elementary school family is mourning the sudden loss of a first-year teacher who died Thursday of COVID-19.

Savanna Davis was in her first year of teaching 2nd grade at the Vinemont Elementary School in Cullman County, friends and family said.

Davis’ mother Audrey Terry, a longtime teacher at Vinemont Elementary School, confirmed her daughter’s death in a public social media post.

“My heart is broken,” she wrote. “Savanna passed this morning due to Covid complications. Please keep Jonathan and our family in your prayers.”

Cullman County Schools Superintendent Dr. Shane Barnette told The Cullman Times newspaper that Davis would be greatly missed.

“Our hearts go out to the Vinemont community, faculty and staff at Vinemont school as we lost a phenomenal teacher today,” Barnette told the newspaper. “Mrs. Davis was a first-year teacher and had a bright future ahead of her.”

In early August, just before the new school year started, Davis posted a photo on social media of her classroom along with a photo of her and her mother.

“Wish me luck! Getting ready for my first open house,” she wrote beneath the photo. “The start of year 1 for me and the start of year 28 for mom.”