Apples for a Beloved Teacher

Lori Isler

The Haldane Elementary School in Cold Spring on Oct. 4 dedicated an outdoor learning space to Lori Isler, who taught in the district for more than 30 years before her death from cancer last year at age 55.

Isler’s family, including her parents, Catherine and Fred Isler of Cold Spring, her sister Jeannie, her nephew Cooper and two aunts and an uncle, attended the ceremony. “Anyone who knew her, knew that she loved apples,” said Lincoln McCarthy, the student council president. “We thought it would be a nice idea to plant apple trees and make a place at Haldane where we could remember her.”

The trees were planted in a spot that overlooks Isler’s former classroom. Her mother and nephew together cut the ribbon.

Organizers are also collecting photographs, videos, stories and anecdotes to create a memory book to present to her family and the school. Email [email protected].

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