Hamilton Teacher Passes Away

From the Hamilton website:

There comes a time in the life of every community when painful events occur that compel us to take pause and support one another in our sadness and distress.  It is with a heavy heart that I share information with you that has saddened our Hamilton International and Washington Middle School communities. As you may have been aware, one of our teachers, Ms. Shadow, has been critically ill. Tuesday afternoon, December 27th, Marcy died peacefully surrounded by her family.

Ms. Shadow was a passionate teacher. She began teaching Gifted and Talented students in 1976. She moved onto Washington Middle School in 1980 where she taught with the APP program until 2009. In 2009 Marcy moved to Hamilton International Middle School when the APP program opened here.

Words cannot begin to express the wide range of emotions we are all feeling and our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Ms. Shadow’s family and friends. Ms. Shadow’s enthusiasm for inspiring children will be deeply missed. For those of you that would like to send messages to Ms. Shadow’s family please forward these to stephanieabower@gmail.com.  The memorial service will be held at Peace Lutheran church in West Seattle on Thursday, January 5th at 3:30 PM. Families and students are invited to attend.

Our community is close and a tragedy such as this reminds us of what a wonderful school community we have at Hamilton International Middle School.  I want to share our staff’s appreciation of your support and patience during our time of grief.


Christopher Carter


I'm so glad you posted this. I had Ms. Shadow for four years in the '80s at Washington. A lot of local writers can thank her for specific creativity exercises ("cluster-ing"), and having fun with words and language (the Bulwer-Lytton bad-writing contest). R.I.P. Ms. Shadow!
suep. said…
Yes, Marcy's passing is very sad. Her passion, dedication and wisdom demonstrated the power and importance of inspired teaching. She was also a founding and fundamental member of the IPP/APP community. This is a great loss to Hamilton, APP, and beyond. My family sends our condolences to her family.
Anonymous said…
Yes, very sad. She will be missed.

- mom of former student
Anonymous said…
She was pretty darn awesome, and will be missed.

Another sad former student

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