With deep sadness, Superintendent Geoff Yantz sent out a note to parents Wednesday night in the South Pasadena Unified School District regarding the passing of teacher Todd Brown, who taught math at South Pasadena Middle School.
“Mr. Brown’s battle may have been brief, but to no one’s surprise, he handled it with bravery and grace,” wrote Yantz.
No other details about Brown’s death are available at this time.
“Our school counselors will be available for middle school students and staff,” Yantz wrote, noting that “if you are aware of a student or staff member in need, please contact the middle school office at (626) 441-5830 or the high school office at (626) 441-5820.”
The superintendent said school counselors will make themselves available to students and staff in the coming weeks.
“Because of our close community, Mr. Brown’s passing has touched many of us,” wrote Yantz. “When an adult close to a child dies, children react in many different ways.”
Yantz said open communication between adults and children at a time of grieving is important, giving reassurance and trying to understand a child’s feelings.
“All of us at South Pasadena USD extend our deepest sympathy to Mr. Brown’s family and friends,” concluded Yantz.
Kindly respect the privacy for the family at this difficult time.