Deora Bodley, a Santa Clara University junior majoring in psychology and French, tutored children and spent the summer as a teacher's aide for second graders at St. Clare Catholic Elementary in Santa Clara, said principal Kathy Almazol.
"Deora always treated the kids respectfully, like she did her friends, and they responded to that," Almazol said. "She was a good role model and a lot of fun."
Bodley, who prided herself on physical fitness and often wore her curly brown hair in a ponytail, "had boundless energy," Almazol said. "She just captured the heart of our students."
Bodley, 20, graduated from La Jolla Country Day High School in San Diego, where she was a member of the track team and volunteered with several organizations, including the Special Olympics and an AIDS service group, according to the university.
She is survived by her father, Darril Bodley of Stockton; and her mother, Deborah Guerra, of San Diego.