SMYRNA, Tenn. - Ginger Tucker, principal of Stewarts Creek Elementary School, has unexpectedly passed away.
Officials with Rutherford County Schools said Tucker died Tuesday night after a medical emergency. A message has been sent out to all parents.
Tucker had been principal at the elementary school since 2012. She was a wife and the mother of four daughters.
Those with the school system said “she loved her school children and treated them as her own. She is highly respected among her peers and will be greatly missed.”
Tucker was a veteran educator of 40 years. She spent 26 years as a teacher at Smyrna Primary School, Stewartsboro Elementary School, and Rock Springs Elementary School.
For three years, Tucker served as the Title I school-wide coordinator at Smyrna Elementary School. Following that position, she moved to Stewarts Creek as an assistant principal. She held that role for six years before becoming principal.
Employees were notified of Tucker’s passing Wednesday morning.
Rutherford County Schools added:
“We are not planning to announce the situation to students [Wednesday] because we want parents to have the first opportunity to do so, but we also know that undoubtedly some students will hear about the situation. The school district has additional counselors on campus today and tomorrow to help employees and students as they process the situation. Parents can also pick up their children earlier if they so choose."
The family had not yet announced funeral arrangements. School officials said their thoughts and prayers were with the Tucker family.