Ellicott D-22 Schools Mourn Unexpected Loss of Teacher

Ellicott District 22 schools dismissed their students at 10 a.m. Monday after news of the unexpected death of a first grade teacher.

A first grade teacher, Tracy Nelson, had her heart stop beating on Sunday. Her family says she had been battling breast cancer for a year, but it's unknown what caused her heart to stop working. She had been doing well, and the death was sudden for her family.

Nelson was 42 years old, and had been working for the school district since 2002. She taught 1st and 3rd grade for Ellicott Elementary School. She graduated from Concordia College in Seward, Nebraska in 1991 with a Bachelor of Education, and received a Master of Education from the University of Phoenix.

She is survived by her husband Mike Nelson and their two young children. Her family said that she will be remembered as a devoted mother and an avid scrapbooker.

Classes will resume at their normal time on Tuesday. Support services will be available Tuesday for children who need them. No other information has been provided at this time.