Columbia Middle School students, faculty and administration were stunned Thursday by the news of the sudden death of a popular teacher and coach.
Dennis Carraway, 31, a social studies teacher, died suddenly early Thursday.
“Our students and faculty were of course shocked and deeply saddened by this news; especially our eighth-grade students and teachers whose lives he directly impacted on a daily basis,” said school principal Steven Cummings in a statement. “This is an extremely difficult time for our Raider Family and we have had our school psychologist and counselors on hand all day to assist us through this process.”
A graduate of Evans High School and Augusta State University, Carraway began working at the middle school in 2007 as a special education teacher before becoming a social studies teacher in 2008. He earned a master’s degree in middle grades in 2009 and earned a specialist degree in middle grades in 2013.
Carraway helped coach football and baseball since 2007, adding athletic director duties in 2009. In 2011, Carraway led the school’s football team to a 6-0 record and the middle school title. In the 2013-14 school year he began helping coach track at the high school level.
“Mr. Carraway was a vibrant 31-year-old young man with much potential,” Cummings said...“As a coach and athletic director he was very influential to many of our young men and girls for the past six years. Those lives that he touched through coaching will remain forever changed.”
Evans High School head baseball coach Ricky Beale knew Carraway as a student and saw his passion for athletics firsthand.
“I coached him when he was an eighth-grader at Evans Middle School,” texted Beale. “He was a great kid who loved the game. I know he enjoyed coaching and teaching at Columbia Middle School.”
He is survived by his wife, Amber Carraway. They were married in 2008.