She was a delightful gray haired older woman, probably doing this as a second career. She taught the little kids, which for most of the year meant she was almost exclusively Acer's teacher as there were really no other little ones.
It's very hard to explain this to Acer. He has no frame of reference. The only time he's even heard the word 'Die' is in his 'Now I lay me' prayers at night. I told him she was dead, that she was the part of 'Die before I wake part of his prayers'. I didn't know what else to say. I told him that Mrs Clark wasn't going to come back to school and he told me that she was home sick with the 'flu. I know he doesn't understand, but I don't know how long it's going to take before he does understand. We're going to the visitation tomorrow night to let her family know how much she meant to Acer.
I also don't know how he's going to deal with the change in people, he didn't like it when garret joined that class and he had to share Mrs Clark with him.