Primary school teacher, 26, dies suddenly as sister pays heartbreaking tribute to ‘sweet angel’

A PRIMARY school teacher has died suddenly during the half-term holiday.

Jennifer Stirling, 26, passed away last week prompting an outpouring of love from friends and family.

The primary three teacher at Wishaw Primary School, near Glasgow, tragically died last week.

Jennifer's grief-stricken younger sister Amanda has led tributes to her "best friend" and "sweet angel" on social media.

Heartbroken Amanda wrote: "My beautiful big sister.

"I don’t know where to start, I can’t believe I’m having to write this when you had your whole life ahead of you.


"Thank you for being my rock. I’ve looked up to you for 22 years and will continue to do so.

"Thank you for making me laugh everyday, even just your presence made everyone smile.

"I can’t imagine my life without you, my big sister, my best friend, my partner in crime, my rock.

"You are so loved and I miss you so much. Rest easy my sweet angel."

Headteacher at Wishaw Primary Catherine Barr paid tribute to a "greatly loved, admired and highly dedicated" teacher.

She added: “The entire school community is in deep shock at the sudden death of our dear friend and colleague Jennifer Stirling.

“Jennifer was our P3 teacher and was greatly loved and admired by her pupils and colleagues. She brought so much enthusiasm to the school, particularly her passion for outdoor learning.

“She was our probationer from August 2017 and remained with us, eventually securing a permanent vacancy, which we were delighted about.

“She was a highly dedicated teacher and was very popular with pupils, staff and parents.

“She enjoyed working outdoors with her class when we ran the Forest School initiative, she also joined the P7s for their extended outing.

“Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time.”

Jennifer also took classes at the Lynn C Duncan Dance School in Motherwell and Blantyre.

Owner Lynn paid tribute to the "precious member" of the family who was taken "far too young".

A post read: "I have always been beyond proud of the community that the dance school has created, in many ways it is so much more important than the very bones of what we do.

"We call ourselves a family and our ethos has been an important support network to many of our LCD family.

"Our family is in mourning for the first member of our immediate family to pass away.

"Jennifer Stirling was firstly my daughter’s school friend, then a frequent part of my household, she joined the dance school and was a valued member of the dance school as a pupil, trainee teacher, then qualified teacher.

"She taught at Blantyre then Motherwell classes until the end of the last session.

"She was a precious member of our family and we mourn her, taken far too young. Fly high, with our love sweet girl."

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