Kendall school district mourns loss of beloved elementary teacher

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 August 2023 at 11:06 am

Amy Laureano

KENDALL – The school district is mourning the loss of a beloved first grade teacher. Amy Laureano passed away unexpectedly on Sunday.

“We are saddened to share news of the unexpected loss of Kendall Elementary School Teacher Amy Laureano,” Nick Picardo, the district’s school superintendent, posted in a message to the community. “Amy was a beloved member of our community, and our thoughts are with her husband, family and friends during this difficult time.”

Laureano’s husband Justin is also a coach and teacher at Kendall. They have three children.

Several people have posted tributes to her on the website for Fowler Funeral Home in Brockport.

“She was a great teacher and I never had the honor to have her as a teacher but I had many friends say she was a great one to have she was sweet and always kind to anyone around her,” Kari Harrier wrote. “My condolences goes towards her family who lost this wonderful women.”

Audrey Dezen posted that “Miss Amy” will be deeply missed by her former students.

“You were a bright light who always saw the good in others along with their potential,” Dezen posted. “Your smile could brighten anyone’s day, no matter how miserable they felt. You were not only a wonderful teacher/tutor to our Kylie, but a beautiful human being & friend to our family that had a passion for teaching & life.”

Holley Mayor Mark Bower, a retired teacher and school principal, said Laureano was a “beautiful human being.” He posted that Laureano left a strong impression on him when she was a student in the elementary school and he was a teacher at Brockport.

“I can’t even think of one instance where Amy didn’t demonstrate kindness and respect or any time when she didn’t put forth her best effort,” Bower posted. “How ironic that she became a teacher and that she taught 1st grade, as I was her 1st grade teacher at Ginther School in Brockport … I know from colleagues in Kendall and families whose children or grandchildren had Amy, what an exemplary teacher she was.”

Adriana Passarell said she had the then Miss Parmele in first grade 17 years ago.

“She was the BEST teacher,” Passarell wrote. “Always so kind, nurturing, understanding, and fun. I distinctly remember 1st grade and I truly believe it’s because of her. She had so much love for her students and a special bond with every single one of us, which speaks right to her amazing character. Mrs. Laureano definitely left a mark on Kendall that will never be forgotten.”

Laureano’s family will receive friends on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Fowler Funeral Home, 340 West Ave., Brockport. A memorial service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Brockport Free Methodist Church, 6787 4th Section Rd, Brockport.

Donations are being accepted to the Kendall Central School District for the Amy Laureano Scholarship Fund.