CEDAR CITY — Preparations are underway to help students through their grief following the death of Iron Springs Elementary School teacher and Parowan resident Robin Whittle.

This file photo shows a Parowan police cruiser, Parowan, Utah, Aug. 3, 2023 | Photo by Jeff Richards, Cedar City news

On Saturday, law enforcement and medical personnel found 62-year-old Whittle unresponsive at home with “unknown injuries,” Cedar City News reported. She was transported to the hospital in critical condition, where she later died.

The cause of her death is under investigation, and law enforcement is waiting for autopsy results, Parowan City Police Chief Addison Adams told Cedar City news. The Cedar City Police Department and Iron County Sheriff’s Office are assisting in the investigation.

In a news release, the department stated there “is no reason to believe there is a threat to the general public.” They also requested that anyone with information to assist their investigation call 435-586-9445.

“Parowan City Police Department offers our sincere condolences and ask that the community respect the family’s privacy at this time,” the release states.

Exceptional and compassionate

Whittle began teaching first grade at Cedar City’s Iron Springs Elementary School in August 2021, having previously taught kindergarten at East Elementary and Parowan Elementary, Iron County School District spokesperson Shauna Lund said via email.

A small photo of teacher Robin Whittle was posted to Iron Springs Elementary School’s website | Image courtesy of the Iron County School District, Cedar City News

“Iron County School District is deeply saddened by the loss of first-grade teacher Robin Whittle,” she wrote. “She has been described as ‘an exceptional educator and compassionate soul.’ During her 11 years working at schools in the district, she touched the lives of many students and parents. She also will be missed by the faculty and staff members she has worked with over the years.”

The district will make additional counselors and therapists available at Iron Springs when students return to school on Wednesday.

“The first-grade team and administrators at the school are working together to make sure students do not face additional challenges with the loss of their teacher, including placement of a qualified educator in the classroom to finish out the year,” Lund said.

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