LEXINGTON, N.C. (WGHP) — A teacher at Central Davidson Middle School passed away after contracting COVID, according to her family.

Billie Coleman taught English language arts to sixth graders at the middle school.

She died a week shy of her 50th birthday, her family says.

Central Davidson Middle School released the following statement about Coleman’s death:

“Please keep our CDMS staff and students in your thoughts and prayers as we lost a beloved member of our Spartan family this weekend, Billie Coleman. Miss Coleman was a 6th grade teacher who will be greatly missed. Her smile and compassion for learning and teaching will always be remembered.”