JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Parents and students are taking the loss of Dale Regan hard, saying she was a mentor and friend to all.
AnnieMarie Hulsey remembers going to class and seeing Dale Regan. Regan was a role model for her. "She had a way with people. She could look at you and feel like she was looking at your soul. It made you feel special," said Hulsey.
It's that look, that made AnneMarie want to send her kids to Episcopal too. "Safe, loving Christian environment. Teachers there loved what they do and look forward to coming to work everyday," said Hulsey.
But now students like AnneMarie's son Taylor are shaken up and wondering why another teacher would come in and kill Dale Regan. "It was hectic. I was in shock. It didn't seem real," said Hulsey.
AnneMarie was pretty shaken up herself, fighting back tears talking about, not only a mentor, but her friend. AnneMarie's known Regan almost two decades. "She's one of the most remarkable human beings on the planet," said Hulsey.
Regan was a big part of the schools success. She started there in 1978 as an English teacher, and was promoted to head of the school in 2006. She also headed up a 4 million dollar expansion.
Now that she's gone, AnneMarie just hopes the school can heal from these wounds. "She had a way like no one else had. The world won't be the same without her," said Hulsey.
Regan also won the prestigious EVE Award for Education.