Longtime Wilson Middle School music teacher Sarah Gianos died Thursday due to an undisclosed illness, according to Glendale Unified officials. She was 40.
The location and cause of death were not immediately available on Monday.
“She was a very good teacher, a wonderful part of our staff [and] was loved by her students,” Wilson Principal Rich Lucas said in a statement. “She was quiet, reserved and respected.”
Gianos started her career with Glendale Unified in 2000 at Wilson Middle School, where she taught instrumental music to nearly 250 students each year. She did not return to the classroom this year, instead taking an extended medical leave.
Grief counselors were made available to students at Wilson Middle and Glendale High schools, district officials said.
Gianos is survived by her parents.
-- Megan O'Neil, Times Community News