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Fatal car accident takes Palestine High School teacher's life

A fatal car accident has left an East Texas school without a teacher.

Palestine high school teacher Dr. Ryndae Halter was killed Thursday evening when her car ran off the road and struck a tanker. Today, KLTV 7's Danielle Capper has the story of a woman, who after two successful careers decided to give back.

"Dr. Halter, I'll never forget your smile."

Posters with notes from her students show the impact 54 year old Ryndae Halter made.

"You were such an amazing person with such a big heart, and you showed so much care to all of us. You meant so much to our class and treated us just as if we were your own children. Even though you are no longer with us we know that you are in a much better place in heaven."

Peggy Herrington, the career and technology education director, read from the notes today.

Dr. Halter was a registered nurse as well as an attorney who left a law practice in Farmer's Branch, to come teach this year at Palestine High School.

"She has accomplished what she wanted to accomplish as far as her degrees and the different fields she wanted, but she knew that she had more in her to give, and that our society and community needed kids that are educated," said Herrington. "She wanted to be one of these to help those kids get what they wanted for their future."

She taught students interested in the medical field and health and science classes that are part of the career and technology program.

"She was very much into it, she loved what she was doing, very enthusiastic, very hands on type person," said Herrington. "You could always count on Ryndae being in her classroom late. There were even times I would leave before her and be like turn on the alarm when you leave."

She was married and had 8 children. The youngest was 16. They still live in Farmer's Branch and were planning on moving to East Texas soon.

"Very friendly, upbeat all the time. I don't think I ever saw her down," said Herrington.

A woman whose smile and dedication will be missed.

Dr. Halter also sponsored a youth and government after school program. Funeral services are pending.

Danielle Capper, reporting. dcapper@kltv.com

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