Los Olivos charter school teacher hit, killed in Walnut Creek

2012-09-10T13:17:00Z Los Olivos charter school teacher hit, killed in Walnut CreekStaff Report Santa Maria Times
September 10, 2012 1:17 pm  • 

Sherry Hicks, a teacher at Olive Grove Charter School in the Los Olivos School District, was killed Saturday when she was struck by a vehicle while crossing a street in Walnut Creek.

The lead teacher for Olive Grove’s dual-enrollment program at Santa Barbara City College, Hicks was walking across the street with family members when she was hit, said Los Olivos School district Superintendent Marsha Filbin.

She was 52 and lived in Santa Barbara, according to an initial report published in the San Jose Mercury News, which also said she and her husband were in Walnut Creek visiting their son and his new wife.

The daughter-in-law, who was seriously injured in the incident, was in “very critical” condition at a Walnut Creek hospital, the newspaper said. She was not identified.

Adjacent to Los Olivos School, Olive Grove offers independent home-study high school programs. It also has satellite offices in Lompoc, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and at Santa Barbara City College.

Hicks specialized in math and worked individually with home-schooled high school students who were also enrolled in SBCC classes.

In an announcement Sunday, Filbin described Hicks as a “talented, vibrant, a wonderfully loving and supportive person, a treasured wife and mother,” who “touched many lives.”

“A dedicated teacher, Sherry poured herself into her work and personally shepherded many Olive Grove students around the SBCC campus,” Filbin said. “Deeply committed to the dual enrollment program, Sherry was infectiously enthusiastic about her students’ many accomplishments and worked hard to assist them in reaching their goals.”

Her absence is already being felt by colleagues at Olive Grove and Los Olivos schools who are “devastated by this sudden and tragic loss.”

“We offer our sincere condolences to Sherry’s family and pray for the full recovery of her daughter-in-law who was very seriously injured in the accident,” Filbin said.

Grief counseling is being arranged by the district for Hicks’ students and her colleagues.

Services are pending.

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