An elementary school teacher died Thursday at school after falling ill during a fire drill.
Kim Hunter Daugherty, a fifth-grade teacher, died from an undisclosed medical emergency about 10:30 a.m. with a school nurse in attendance, said James Bunch, assistant superintendent of Perquimans County Schools. She had been a teacher for 20 years.
“She was a great teacher, a great colleague and she was loved,” Bunch said.
Classes at Hertford Grammar School were cancelled at 1 p.m.
Daugherty said she was not feeling well as she returned to class following a fire drill and died shortly afterward, Bunch said. He was not aware of her having a serious health concern before Thursday.
Counselors and ministers were made available to staff and students, a service which will continue in coming days.
Daugherty is the daughter of Hall of Fame pitcher Jim “Catfish” Hunter.