ROCKLEDGE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Hundreds of students and staff from Rockledge High School packed the football stadium Monday night to remember beloved math teacher Sandra Moore, 54, and celebrate her life.
“She was more than my teacher, she was my mentor, she helped me get through things, she pushed me,” said student Asia Carter. Carter proudly wore a sweatshirt with a photo of her and her favorite teacher Mrs. Cook, who was tragically killed. "I could literally go to her with anything, ask her anything. She was just a teacher that was more than a teacher; she was a best friend and also a mom and also a coach to most of the students,” said Duronte Davis, another student.
Cook and her estranged husband were found dead in their Brevard County home earlier this month after an apparent murder-suicide according to Melbourne police. “We’re trying to move away from the tears, like tonight was a celebration of her life,” said Rockledge High School Principal Tony Hines.
During Monday night’s memorial, dozens of students and staff shared their personal stories about the impact that Mrs. Cook had on their lives. “She was that kind of teacher. I’ve known her for years and just a wonderful person; you’ll never find another Sandy Cook,” said Hines.
Cook was also a finalist for Brevard County’s Teacher of the Year.