Teachers, parents remember Hobart teacher killed in accident
BY KAREN CAFFARINI Post-Tribune correspondent December 16, 2013 1:30PM
Linda Darlington was remembered fondly by her teaching colleagues at Joan Martin School in Hobart, where Darlington taught first grade.
Updated: December 16, 2013 9:38PM
Counselors were called in Monday to help teachers and students at Joan Martin School in Hobart cope with the death of first-grade teacher Linda Darlington.
“We will celebrate Mrs. Darlington’s life by letting the children express themselves through art, writing, and talking about it,” counselors said in a written statement.
Darlington was one on two people struck and killed along 109th Street in Crown Point around midnight Saturday.
The schools superintendent, teachers and parents spoke highly of Darlington in a prepared statement submitted by the school city and in a tribute to Darlington on the school corporation’s web site.
“She was an incredible teacher who was filled with such joy at helping children succeed. She had amazing ideas and collaborated with her colleagues to share her knowledge,” Superintendent Peggy Buffington said.
And Darlington was called “sunshine at school” by principal Kacey Allen.
“I received an e-mail daily from her letting me know how lucky she was to be a teacher at Joan Martin School. She always told me how much she loved her students. I will forever be a better educator and mother because she made such an influence on my life,” Allen said.
A fourth-grade teacher who was a running partner with Darlington said she would be sorely missed.
“To know Linda is to love her. She is an amazing woman, teacher, friend and mother,” Christina Bullingtonsaid.
“She brightened every room with her vibrant personality and caring nature. I am lucky to have had her as my co-worker, but even luckier to call her my friend. She will be missed by so many, and she will be loved forever.”
Fifth-grade teacher Kristen Smith called her “an amazing person — a fun and caring friend, an inspirational teacher and mother, and an overall wonderful person.”
The fatal accident occurred after Darlington’s car went off the road, and a couple on the way to their hotel from their wedding recption stopped to help.
While Darlington and the groom, William Riley Knight, stood by the road, they were struck in rapid succession by three vehicles.
Police said all vehicles stopped after the accident and neither alcohol nor drugs appeared to be involved.
Kimberly Sampson-Hendricks, a Joan Martin Elementary parent, called Darlington an amazing teacher.
She especially liked the way Darlington would take photos and videos of the kids and what they were working on.
“She was one of a kind and will be greatly missed,” Sampson-Hendricks said.