It is with deep sadness that we write today to inform you that Mrs. Lisa Haywood, a Middle School faculty member, passed away after an illness on August 14, 2021. As an exemplary, charismatic, and thoughtful educator, Mrs. Haywood has left an indelible impact on Harrisburg Academy. She was and will continue to be a beloved member of our community, and we will miss her deeply.
Mrs. Haywood joined our community in 2013 as the fifth grade English and history teacher. While continuing to teach full time, Mrs. Haywood earned her Masters degree, modeling lifelong learning for her students. Throughout her time at the Academy, she proved to be a respected and versatile faculty member, teaching sections of English and history to students from fifth to ninth grade. In addition to shaping students through her lessons in the classroom, Mrs. Haywood was always willing to provide extra help or support to fellow faculty members. Whether directing drama productions, advising aspiring journalists writing for The Hoplite, or coaching the cheer squad, she could always be found on campus helping others, connecting with members of our community, and promoting school spirit. Her enthusiasm, energy, infectious smile, and distinctive laughter were catalysts of great joy to everyone she met.
As we mourn and reflect on Mrs. Haywood’s tremendous impact on our community, we are working with Mrs. Hart, our Director of Counseling, and additional professionals from the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) to provide support for our faculty, staff, and students when they return to campus. Although school is not yet in session, please know that we are here for you and available for support. In the coming days, we will send you additional resources to help guide conversations within your family during this time.
Mrs. Haywood is survived by her husband, Mark, and two children, Lucas and Kathryn. Although many of you may wish to contact her family, we ask that you send messages for them to firstname.lastname@example.org, while her family works to finalize arrangements.