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UPDATED: Polo High School mourning loss of English teacher

Mrs. Sarah Kamp Mrs. Sarah Kamp

The death of a teacher and friend, still fresh on the minds of students and educators at Polo Community High School.

Students at Polo are saving their words for a poster.

Faculty describe Mrs. Sarah Kamp as a young, exciting teacher.  One that was very engaging with students.  Written words reflect that.

"Mrs. Kamp, you told me to live life to the fullest," one read.  Another continued to talk about the impact Kamp had on lives.  "In your short life, you changed many lives, you forever changed mine."

Those are just two examples of many.

"The students really cared for her, they loved her.  They'll miss her a lot," said Tom Welty.  He mentored Kamp as a young teacher just nine years ago.

Kamp was killed Monday morning at the intersection of Montague and Rock City roads.  Bad weather had knocked out a stop sign, causing the accident.

"It devastated all the faculty.  We're really going to miss her, definitely.  She was an asset to this school system."

Students having trouble coping with the loss of Mrs. Kamp have been seeing grief counselors.  They'll stick around this week to help students and staff get through this tough time at Polo.

"Students were very upset, we were very blessed to have a lot of support groups to come in and help us out with them and we still do," said Welty.  "A lot of pain, a lot of grief."

Sarah Kamp leaves behind a husband, Jason also a teacher in the district and a 21-month old child.


The community of Polo is mourning the loss of one of its teachers this week.

Polo High School English teacher Sarah Kamp, 32, died Monday from injuries sustained in a crash at Montague and Rock City Roads in Stephenson County. Police say a stop sign that should have been at that intersection was not in place, and Kamp drove through, colliding with another car.

Kamp began teaching in August 2004 and taught both Sophomore and Senior English at Polo. The Class of 2013 grew especially close to her, having had her for three of their four years in school. Along with her teaching duties, Kamp published the school newspaper, served as the Sophomore class sponsor, and sponsor of the National Honor Society.

Kamp married her husband Jason, a Physics and Chemistry teacher at Polo, changing her maiden name of Camp by just one letter. She was also mother to 21-month-old Nathan.

The Polo School District is offering grief counselors to help students and staff deal with the loss of their teacher and colleague.

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