Vanessa was born on October 13,1983 and died following an illness a few days before what would have been her 31st birthday.
Vanessa graduated from North High School in Denver, and worked as an instructional paraprofessional at Alice Terry for six years. She also led computer-based instruction. Sheridan School District Superintendent Michael Clough said, Vanessa Gogue was a valuable educator who faced adversity with a smile. She was endlessly kind and patient with children.
Added fellow teacher Raquel Aiken: Vanessa found the good in difficult times and she found the happy in sad situations. She was always very grateful. She cared deeply about children and was never too busy to help others. She was truly dedicated to Alice Terry and the success of our students. She will be greatly missed but never forgotten.
Vanessa faced each day, her illness, and all challenges
with bravery and unwavering determination, said Alice Terry
Elementary School Principal Joe Hayes. Best of all, she
did it all with a smile and in a selfless style that was just
who she was daily. Vanessa loved spending time with her family
and she was so committed to Alice Terry, the staff, and students
that she treated all of us as a part of her family. Her absence
has been felt by students and staff alike; she has left an indelible
mark on all our hearts.
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