A longtime teacher in the Douglas County School System, 63-year-old Dr. Priscilla Marshall, died on Sunday, Oct. 13, from injuries she sustained in a car accident.
The seventh-grade social studies teacher was voted the 2019-2020 teacher of the year by her peers at Turner Middle School in Lithia Springs, Georgia.
Marshall commuted daily from her home in Anniston, Alabama, to the school for 13 years. She had been an educator for more than 40 years, beginning her career in 1977 in Alabama, according to the Douglas County Sentinel.
Marshall earned her doctorate in educational leadership with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix last year. At Turner, she taught in the classroom and served as a team leader.
“Dr. Priscilla Marshall was a woman of great service and leadership who was respected by all staff members,” Turner Principal Darron Franklin said in a statement. “Her suggestions and directions were always enthusiastically received by her colleagues at Turner, and she will be greatly missed by everyone.”
School leaders described the 63-year-old as an innovator and motivator who offered advice and seasoned wisdom to new teachers for more than a decade at the school.
In the biographical sketch that accompanied the award, Marshall said she made it a priority “to share love beyond her teaching assignment with all students to ensure that they are safe and have a sense of belonging in school.”
The car accident happened in Anniston on Sept. 20, according to school district officials. Marshall was taken to Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center, where she died last week. Her funeral was in her hometown on Saturday, Oct. 19.
Details about the car accident have not been released.
“All of us in the Douglas County School System are deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Marshall,” Superintendent Trent North said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to her personal family in Alabama as well as her school family. … The positive impact she made will live on through the young lives she impacted.”