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4/10/07-Longview

Teacher Collapses In Classroom, Dies After Week-Long Coma

A Longview elementary teacher died yesterday afternoon...this after she collapsed while teaching a little over a week ago.   Jaime Halcumb, 31, taught second grade at Hudson PEP Elementary in Longview.   Before that, she taught fourth grade at another elementary school Teachers who worked right by her side there are remembering her as a caring and loving teacher and mother.

"Everybody I've talked to is just like 'I can't believe,'" says Tonja Baron, who was a fourth grade teacher with Jaime Halcumb.

Teachers who worked with Jaime Halcumb at Mozelle Johnston Elementary say the news of her sudden death came as a total shock.

"It's scary, I don't know that she even knew it was coming," says Tonja.

Doctors told Longview ISD, they believe a combination of low potassium and low blood-sugar levels ultimately caused Jaime's heart to stop. This after she collapsed in the classroom and then fell into a coma. Despite the tragic way she died, fellow teachers say she'll be remembered most for the love she had for her students.

"She cared for all the students, she wanted all the students to be successful," says Carolyn Jeffery, who also worked with her at Mozelle Johnston Elementary.

Jaime was especially passionate about helping the deaf children in her class and was the only fourth grade teacher who knew sign language. 

"She was a wonderful, caring person and her kids loved her, her students loved her," Carolyn says.

Jaime was more than a teacher. She was a mom too, with two daughters,  a 5-year-old and 9-month-old.   

"We lost a good teacher, her kids lost a good mother... she'll be missed," Tonja says.

Because Jaime Halcumb collapsed while teaching, the school has brought in counselors to help both students and staff cope.

Her visitation is set for 6pm Tuesday night and her funeral is Wednesday at 3:00 pm. They're both at the Hawthorn Funeral Home in Carthage.

Tracy Watler/Reporting: tracy@kltv.com

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