West Freehold Elementary School Mourns Tara Hansen

The fourth grade teacher died Thursday morning, according to a notice from the district.


Freehold Township Schools released a statement on the district Web site informing residents of the death of West Freehold Elementary School fourth grade teacher Tara Hansen.

According to the letter signed by West Freehold Principal Edward Aldarelli and Supervisor of Instruction Kathleen Miller, Hansen died Thursday morning after complications from childbirth. The school’s third, fourth and fifth grade students were informed by their teachers of Hansen’s passing, and parents and guardians of Hansen’s students were contacted at home.

District counselors and child study team members were available to meet with students throughout the day, according to the letter.

Hansen's LinkedIn profile lists her start date in the district as September 2005.

“She was such an inspiration to her students and to her colleagues,” Aldarelli and Miller wrote.

Jerseybob April 01, 2011 at 12:16 AM
We will miss Tara everyday. Our hearts are broken that she was taken from us. She loved her family, the West Freehold School staff and students, as well as her friends. Tara always had a warm smile for all and a caring, nuturing way for dealing with all that she was confronted with. Please take a moment to offer your thoughts and prayers to Tara's family, her husband Ryan Hansen and his family as well as new born baby Brandon. Tara's Uncle, Bob Brightman
Jacklyn Corley (Editor) April 01, 2011 at 12:23 AM
Mr. Brightman, I'm terribly sorry for your family's loss.
Denyel Schmon Williams April 01, 2011 at 01:37 AM
Dear Mr. Brightman, I was blessed to have the honor of working with Tara at West Freehold School. She will be truly missed. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and all of Tara's loved ones. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Denyel Williams
Stephanie Risden April 01, 2011 at 09:42 AM
Mr Brightman, My deepest sympathy for you and all of Tara's family & friends. It was a blessing to have known Tara and to have worked with her at WFS. She was a wonderful person, and adored by her students. She will be greatly missed. Your family, Tara, Ryan and Brandon are in my thoughts & prayers. Stephanie Risden
Melissa Hopf April 01, 2011 at 12:20 PM
Mr. Brightman, My heart has been so heavy for your family. This hits home for our family, as on 11/6/09 after battling a blood infection, I had an emergency C section to deliver our baby girl. Two days later our precious baby had passed away. I always wondered why God spared me, but took my daughter. Please know that many are praying and thinking of you and your family. My little angel will welcome your neice. Melissa Hopf
James Adams April 01, 2011 at 03:21 PM
Mr. Brightman, My family extends our deepest sympathies to your family and the Freehold community. ... How is the baby doing?
Pam Donahoe April 01, 2011 at 09:49 PM
Dear Mr. Brightman, My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you, Ryan and all of Tara's family. I had the honor of working with Tara at the West Freehold School. She was loved and admired and will be forever in our hearts. Pam Donahoe
Jennifer Bonaventura April 01, 2011 at 10:46 PM
Our hearts are broken at West Freehold School and I want to extend my deepest sympathy to the entire Deaver and Hansen family. I had the honor of working with Tara at WFS. She was beautiful, vibrant, caring, and a wonderful teacher. She always had a smile while in school. It just beamed.....it was infectious!!! Tara is truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Tara, Ryan, baby Brandon, and the entire family. Jennifer Bonaventura
Gabriella Verzolini April 04, 2011 at 12:07 AM
To the Hansen Family, I am a student at WFS and I will miss Mrs. Hansen. She was one of the teachers in my class last year. She was always so kind and nice and always had a smile on her face. I was really sad when I heard the news of her passing. I will never forget how nice of a teacher she was to me. Many kids will really miss her. My prayers are with her family and her new baby. Gabriella Verzolini (5th grade student)


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