The Elmbrook School District is mourning after one of its teachers has died.
Dixon Elementary fifth-grade teacher Angie Malett died April 17, after a brief battle with cancer.
Malett was diagnosed with cancer in December but had received a favorable chance of survival until her condition took a turn for the worse during the district's spring break.
NOW interviewed Malett in December, during a fifth-grade class trip to the Brookfield Public Safety Building for the Survive Alive Program.
Malett had worked at Dixon for 17 years.
"We didn't anticipate that this would happen," said Dixon Principal Jeanne Siegenthaler. "We really had only two days to realize that things had gotten worse."
After Malett's initial diagnosis, Siegenthaler said staff rallied in support of her.
"When Angie first developed cancer, everyone wanted to help," Siegenthaler said. "At first, she was hesitant … but she did let us help her.
"Angie was always a giver, not a taker. She was so giving of herself, and even though her health was failing, she was so optimistic and had an inner strength that everyone admired."
Shortly after Malett's death, Dixon staff met the last day of Spring Break to grieve and to remember, Siegenthaler said.
"She was just one of those teachers that everybody liked," she said.
A memorial Mass was held April 24 at Old St. Mary Church in Milwaukee.
The district enlisted the help of all of its substitute teacher aides to allow staff members to attend the funeral service, said Chris Thompson, Elmbrook's chief information officer.
Thompson, who said he was unable to attend the service, said he heard a wide range of friends were able to pay their respects.
"There were fellow teachers, parents, both current and former students — just a real mix of people, which stands as a testament to the amount of lives Angie touched," Thompson said.
Malett is survived by her husband Matt and her two children, Alexa and Andrew. Matt Malett is a teacher at Brookfield East High School.
Memorials in honor of Malett can be sent to Dixon Elementary, 2400 Pilgrim Square Drive, Brookfield, WI 53005 or Brookfield East High School, 3305 N. Lilly Road, Brookfield, WI 53005. Donations will be directed to the family.
In honor of Malett's career as an educator, the Elmbrook Education Foundation has created a WaterStone Bank-Angie Malett scholarship that will be awarded to a former Dixon Elementary student this year.
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