"Arguably the most popular teacher in our school - for his boundless love of his students and incredible mentorship - committed suicide the year after I graduated. We found out he had been struggling with addiction and depression for most of his life, which blew us all away. I'm well-acquainted with the deceptions of depression now, but at the time it rocked my very foundation.
This was the teacher who had students flocking to his classroom almost every lunch break just to hang out with him because he was so awesome and caring. We'd rather be there than at Quiznos or wherever. He played card games with us, discussed literature/film, and we all shared stories. He would play guitar and jam out with other student musicians. He brought me flowers when I was lead in a school play once. I'll always be heartbroken over the world's loss of this wonderful man."