Slidell High School is remembering a beloved educator who died over the weekend in a motorcycle crash.
12th grade guidance counselor Carrie Speer was killed along with her husband Samuel Speer Jr. when their motor cycle collided with a car on Interstate 55 near McComb, Mississippi.
“We have suffered a tremendous loss here at Slidell High School,” says friend and colleague Liz Krieger. “One of my dearest friends. I don`t know how I`m going to make it through the year without her.”
“She`s been the favorite teacher for a lot of students,” echoes principal Billy Percy. “There are a lot of kids who graduated because she just stayed after them and made sure they got their work done.”
Speer grew up in Chalmette, “So she is a Chalmation,” says Krieger. “ And she married her high school sweetheart.
Speer worked in the St Tammany Parish School District for 26 years.
Percy says he hired Speer two decades ago at North Shore High School as an English teacher, “She was a great teacher and she was a great mom. I knew she would be a wonderful counselor and she was.”
“She touched so many students lives through her classroom and then she became a guidance counselor and was able to influence so many student that way,” says Krieger. “Carrie knew how to laugh. And sometime a sense of humor is the best thing you can have because you have to laugh every single day.”
Percy says her duel role as an educator made Speer invaluable , cherished and now deeply missed, “Because of her understanding of teaching, she was able to council both teachers and students.”
“She did go with her husband,” says Krieger. “ And he was her soul mate and so they are in heaven together.”
Grief counselors were at school to help both students and teachers.
Speer leaves behind two children and five grandchildren.