District mourning the loss of dear friend and educator Jane Unhjem
August 20, 2012 - The Goshen Central School District
is mourning the loss of a devoted educator and friend.
Jane Unhjem, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, passed away on Sunday, August 19 from injuries sustained from a plane crash in Long Island.
Jane's husband, Erik, was also on the plane and is at the Stony Brook University Hospital Medical Center
with critical injuries.
Another passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.
It is unclear who was piloting the plane.
Jane was a vibrant educator and leader with an infectious energy that affected everyone around her.
took tremendous pride in her
work and her
warmth and enthusiasm for learning was evident each and every day she
spent at Goshen Schools
time with the district, she
touched the lives of countless students, parents and faculty members.
The entire Goshen community is deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend.
"Jane was deeply loved and respected within our district and community, not only as an educator but as a friend," said Superintendent Daniel Connor.
Jane is survived by her husband, Erik, her children, Gayle and Matthew, and her parents, Val and Ray Waleski . Services are unknown at this time.
The district has been in contact with Jane
and Erik's children, Gayle and Matthew, and they are in need of monetary assistance to help with expenses while they are by their father's side.