Community mourns loss of dedicated teacher


The Center Moriches community lost a cherished community member and dedicated elementary school teacher last week.

Kate Adams, who served as a teacher in the Center Moriches School District for 23 years, died of cancer on Friday, Feb. 12.

District officials informed families of her passing in a letter Feb. 13. 

“It is with a very heavy heart that we have to inform the community of the passing of one of our beloved elementary teachers, Mrs. Kate Adams,” the district statement from the Center Moriches Board of Education and administrative team read.

“Mrs. Adams will be fondly remembered for her warmth, her friendship, dedication to students, her humor, and her indelible smile that can melt the hearts of all that had the pleasure of knowing her. This is a very difficult time for her family, our staff, and students. We know the entire Center Moriches community joins us in expressing our heartfelt condolences to the entire Adams family.”

The district noted that counseling and mental health staff are available to support students and staff, and additional resources for parents are available on the district website.

In the near future, school staff will work on ways to remember and celebrate the life of Adams and her many contributions to the community.

“Correspondence will be sent from our building principal, Mr. Ricci, and the elementary staff to the community regarding upcoming events. Kate Adams and her family will remain in our thoughts and prayers.”

The district also shared additional resources for helping children cope with grief and loss from the National Association of School Psychologists.


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