BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Family and fellow educators mourn the death of a beloved teacher in Kern County.
Maricela Cortez died of ovarian cancer on Oct. 15, her family said. Funeral services were held in Schafter on Thursday.
The Kern County Superintendent of Schools said Cortez began her career in the county in 1997 and was an aide to the Child Development Center in 1998. a kindergarten teacher in 2004.
KCSOS said Cortez went above and beyond for her students, families and colleagues.
Cortez’s son, Martin, said in a Facebook post that Maricela was strong, courageous and determined. “She devoted her life to teaching so many children in the Kern County area for over 25 years,” he said. “Creating a positive and loving environment in which a child can learn and succeed was her passion.”
The family created a GoFundMe account to pay for the funeral expenses. You can donate to this via this link.
Maricela Cortez was 51 years old.