On Air Alex in The Afternoon Alex Brindley | 3:00pm - 5:30pm

Popular headteacher passes away

Tributes are being paid to the headteacher of Anagh Coar primary school, Vicky Dassoulas, who died today (Monday), after fighting a serious illness.

Her death was broken to staff and pupils at the Douglas school this morning.

Mrs Dassoulas was appointed headteacher in March last year after 16 years on the staff at Anagh Coar.

Plans are being made for children at the school to share their memories of the popular teacher later this week.

The Department of Educaton and Children says it's deeply saddened by the death of Mrs Dassoulas, who had been in the teaching profession for more than 30 years.

Before taking on the headship at Anagh Coar, she had taught at Onchan primary school for three years and in Greece for 13.

Senior advisor at the department Martin Barrow says Mrs Dassoulas played a significant role in the development of ICT and maths in Island primary schools, and in the transition process from primary to secondary school.

A special assembly will be held on Friday for Anagh Coar pupils to share happy memories of their headteacher, and in the meantime counselling will be offered to any who need it.

In another tribute, the school will gather to release Chinese lanterns into the sky in the headteacher's memory, before the TT break.

More from Isle of Man News