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Waterford High School Loses A Teacher

Macrino: Christopher Johnson Died Unexpectedly Saturday Evening

Waterford High School special education teacher Christopher Johnson died unexpectedly Saturday evening, according to Principal Don Macrino.

The cause of death is not yet known, although it appears it was a natural death, Macrino said. Johnson appeared healthy Friday, he said.

“The reaction is shock and sadness,” Macrino said. “You leave school Friday and everything is fine. This isn’t what you expect to hear.”

Macrino said Johnson was in his early- to mid-40s, and he was, “a very, very caring guy.” Macrino said he notified the staff at , and he and the staff will deal with the students first thing Monday morning.

“At a time like this our responsibility is with the students and to make sure they grieve responsibly and look out for each other,” Macrino said. “Not unlike a family would.”

Macrino said this is the first time in his career he experienced the unexpected death of a teacher as young as Johnson. He said Johnson had strong relationships with several students and teachers.

“He was a teacher who really related well to kids,” Macrino said. “He looked out for students who didn’t always have somebody to look out for them.”

Jo Wood January 30, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Chris was our neighbor. He loved being a teacher and loved his students. We can see why they thought of him as a "Cool Guy". He was easy to talk to and seemed so genuine and caring. He especially loved his two dogs. We remember when he lost his dog, Bullet. He was absolutely heart-broken. He leaves behind his other one, Jet, and we hope someone in his family will give her as much love and care as Chris did. He was much too young to leave us. We know he will be greatly missed.
Josh W. January 30, 2012 at 12:54 PM
RIP Mr. Johnson you were one of the best teachers! Thanks for helping me and all of your students make it through highschool.
Ashley January 30, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Mr. Johnson was a really, Really! great guy, He cared so much, and helped you whenever you needed him, he was a good friend and teacher, I remember he use to help me and my friend on tests we'd be taking and give us the "answers" He use to cough or give very big clues to the answers, He always said hello to everyone in the hallway, and didn't treat anyone different. I'll never forget you Mr. Johnson, I wish you never left ..
ashly January 30, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Mr johnson was the best teacher I had durin my 3 years at waterford. He was there for me when I needed a place to hangout and relax from stress, when me and a boyfriend broke up, when mr schroeder died, and when I needed help in my classes.. he always motivated me to do my work even when I didn't feel like it..im so glad I spent the majority of my senior year in his class room. He will be deeply missed by so many..rest in peace Mr Johnson <3
Catherine January 30, 2012 at 09:08 PM
R.I.P mr johnson, may you rest easy, you were a good guy and always there for everyone, and when matt passed u were always there to help put a smile on my face when all i wanted to do was cry about it, you pulled me threw the worst of times in class when i given up on all hope. may you rest easy and pain free <3

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