Pasco Co. middle school teacher dies from COVID-19 complications

Pasco County

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A Pasco County middle school teacher has passed away from complications relating to coronavirus. Now, her family is trying to cope with their tragic loss.

“We’re all stunned,” John Dermott said about the sudden loss of his wife. “I mean she was doing great this morning.”

Renee Dermott was a teacher a sixth grade teacher at Seven Springs Middle School in New Port Richey.

“I think her biggest fear was going in the hospital and not coming out but also dying alone knowing that nobody really cared,” said Sydney Dermott, Renee’s daughter. “We appreciate all the love and compassion the community has given back to her.”

Much of the support the family has received is coming from the 51-year-old’s former students.

“All of the kids have reached out and they’re besides themselves and that meant so much to us because she always felt she wasn’t doing good enough and the kids really always thought she was,” Nikki Dermott, Renee’s daughter, said.

The family told News Channel 8 Renee enjoyed teaching history and social studies the most.

“She would leave here early and come home late every single night,” John said.

John and Renee spent almost 30 years together.

“I stood on her shoulders so yeah I miss like everything,” he said.

Renee battled complications from coronavirus since July 13 at the Medical Center of Trinity, passing away days before her 52nd birthday.

“We thought this time would be different and sometimes it doesn’t happen for everybody, but sometimes it does and I want her to be an example of a fighter,” Nikki said.

Nikki said she is forever grateful for the frontline workers at the hospital.

“Seeing the looks on their faces trying to take care of my mother was beyond belief,” she said. “They were crying like I was crying like they had lost their mother too.”

The school district says Renee began teaching at Seven Springs in the 2019-2020 school year and taught at Seven Springs Elementary School before that.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Renee and her family.

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