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Ocoee Middle School mourns after second teacher death

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Six months after a deadly crash on I-75 claimed the life of an Ocoee Middle School band director, the school is mourning the loss of another popular teacher.
 
Long-time history teacher, Stan Green, 55, died of a heart attack on Sunday. Green taught social studies at OMS for 27 years.

"We've had to deal with some tough stuff, and we just have to lock our arms and go through it together," said Asst. Principal Robbie Winters.

Flowers sit on top of Green's now-empty desk. On Tuesday, students wore green in his honor.
 
Green wasn't married, and never have any children of his own. His kids were in his classroom.

"His life was these kids," Winters said. "When they were with Mr. Green, they were safe. This was a safe classroom where they could be themselves. They didn't have to be anybody else."

"He always made sure that we were all comfortable," student Rachel Delgado agreed.
 
Green was passionate about history, but taught his students life lessons, too.

"He taught us to learn from your mistakes," she said.

It's been a tough year for students and faculty after the school's band director, Brian Gallaher, was killed in a crash over the summer.

"When Brian passed, we had to dig down and look for strength to support our students and support ourselves," said Principal Ron Spangler.

Green was someone teachers could lean on during tough times. Now, faculty and students are leaning on each other.

"When you were having a tough time, he was one of the first ones to come and take your hands and pray with you," Winters said.

Currently, a retired OMS history teacher is filling in Green's place.

Green's funeral is on Thursday, and the procession will pass by the middle school so students and teachers can pay their final respects.

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