Lincoln Northeast High School loses long time educator, friend

Posted By: Veronica Ortega

Monday night, surrounded by family and friends, long-time teacher at Lincoln Northeast High School, Sharon Holliday, 66, passed away after her battle with breast cancer.

Staff told students about her passing and they are providing counseling for what school officials call prevailing sadness.

"We’re a rocket family and that’s been emphasized in the message read by staff to our students. This is a family and we take care of each other," says Counselor Marilynn Peaslee.

Sharon suddenly had to leave school at the start of the semester and Principal Kurt Glathar says it was like she vanished. He says Sharon was warm, caring, positive, and she was so proud of all of her students.

"She saw the best in kids and I think every one of them felt that from her. She could reach a student that was extremely skilled and capable, and a student that was struggling to understand what culinary arts was all about. She had a great gift for that," says Principal, Kurt Glathar. 

Students recently had the chance to celebrate her during a fire drill. They lined the streets to honor her life and say goodbye. Glathar says it provided kids a sense of closure.

"I think the beautiful thing about Mrs. Holliday was she modeled so beautifully to students how to deal with crisis and deal with adversity," says Counselor Marilynn Peaslee.

They say Sharon’s legacy will live on because the family plans to start a scholarship in her name.

There will be a rosary Thursday at 7 p.m at Assumption Church in Dwight, NE. The funeral is at the same church Friday at 10 a.m. 

Our sincerest condolences from the Channel 8 team go out to Holliday’s friends, family and students.

Posted By: Veronica Ortega

Beloved Lincoln Northeast High School teacher Sharon Holliday has been battling breast cancer for more than a year. Teachers say at the start of the semester she suddenly had to leave because she was getting weaker and her eye sight was failing.

Junior Kaitlyn Smith says it was hard to see her mentor gone.

"I’m doing okay but I’ve been kind of sad that she’s not going to be coming back," says Kaitlyn Smith. " It made me feel really good when she smiled. She’s probably very known for her smile and her enthusiasm and all of her positivity."

Students were asked to line up outside for a fire drill but this was no ordinary fire drill. Students held signs with words or hope and cheered as she drove by the school and said goodbye to her second family.

"We continue to pray for her and hope that she can win this battle and the school was out to help celebrate the fact that we still love her and we miss her," says teacher Kristin Skorupa.

The idea for the ride came from Sharon’s son Kurt Holliday. He was inspired by his former vice principal also fighting cancer back when he was in school.

Kurt says his mother got out of the house, not for herself, but for her students and loved ones.

"She felt like maybe she needed to teach one last lesson to all her students and her friends that love her. It was special for her but I think it’s going to be special for everyone involved," says Kurt Holliday.

Family members say she will continue to fight cancer and she was happy to see her students one more time.