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UPDATED: Stevenson Mourns Teacher's Death

High school schedules grief counseling for students.

Jeffrey Mayer, who taught in 's communication arts division since August 1998, died Monday.

Mayer, 50, taught sophomore and senior students through the courses Sophomore English and World Masterpieces. He also was one of the communication arts division’s core leaders.

Stevenson spokesman Jim Conrey said he could not comment on the cause of Mayer's death.

In a joint statement, District 125 Superintendent Eric Twadell and Principal John Carter said:

“Jeff's passing is a great loss to our school. He inspired many students and easily connected with all students. In June, Jeff addressed the Class of 2011 after having been recognized as one of the teachers who had a profound impact on the members of the senior class. All of us were fortunate to have known him. We have been very lucky to have Jeff on our staff for the past 13 years. He will be missed.”

The school will offer grief counseling to students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the Principal’s Conference Room (Room 3046), located at the circle driveway entrance and just west of the Performing Arts Center. Stevenson families were notified of the sessions Tuesday via email.

A memorial service for Mayer will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Weinstein Funeral Home, 111 Skokie Blvd., Wilmette.

Josh Melinger July 13, 2011 at 01:35 AM
one of the greatest teachers I ever had...he will be missed.
Mara Braiman July 13, 2011 at 04:52 AM
He was such a good teacher. When he taught english was in a fun way but still learned a lot. He will be missed. Still cannot believe it.
Sean Paras July 13, 2011 at 08:34 PM
An amazing man. He was my World Masterpieces teacher Senior year of high school. It's because of Mr. Mayer that I studied English and then became a teacher myself! He opened the door for me to all sorts of new ideas -- literary analysis, existentialism, postmodernism, etc. I was always impressed that he walked away from being a lawyer to teach us crazy high school kids, but that's because he cared! Thank You, Mr. Mayer.
Akanksha Vir July 13, 2011 at 11:46 PM
When I was in high school, Mr.Mayer went above and beyond just teaching, into our personal lives. I can honestly say he has developed me into the person who I am today. Thank you so much Mr.Mayer. You will always be remembered.
Semaj Fox July 15, 2011 at 11:39 PM
Can not think of that many teachers that I had a bond with like Mr. Mayer. He truly had a concern for not only my education, but my well being. If I ever returned to stevenson a conversation with him would be all I wanted. Hopefully he will live through his music. That's what he wanted.

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