Grove teacher dies from COVID-19 complications

GROVE, Okla. — This year marks the first time in 26 years Teresa Cearley isn’t teaching at Grove Public Schools.

Cearley died from COVID-19 complications July 14, 2021 just before the start of school. Just months before, she was selected as Grove’s Teacher of the Year for the Early Childhood Center (ECC).

Grove Early Childhood posted:

The ECC Family is truly honored to have taught alongside Mrs. Teresa Cearley since the day our doors first opened. Before that, many of us worked with her at the Lower Elementary School. Mrs. Cearley will be remembered for her laughter, kindness, keen ability to keep our staff organized, beautiful singing voice and gift to captivate everyone’s attention during storytime. And… the brownies…Mrs. Cearley’s brownies- oh my! As a true Ridgerunner and proud mama, Mrs. Cearley adored teaching. It was a common practice to see her hugging students , wiping away tears tenderly and loving all students as if they were her own children. We are incredibly grateful to have taught with her. We are better people because of it. She will be missed terribly and will remain in our hearts forever.

Cearley leaves behind her husband Donny and three children Toby, Myah and Trey.

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister mentioned Cearley’s passing in State Board of Education meeting Thursday.

A donation page has been set up for Cearley’s family on Facebook. You can also donate to an account set up at BancFirst in Grove for the Cearley family.