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Southwood students, staff carry on after death of teacher



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(Provided) An undated wedding photo of Jennifer and Dion Longworth. PHOTO BY JOSHUA MARSHALL


As Jennifer Longworth’s students came into their classroom Monday morning, they went immediately to their desks and started working.

Longworth had left an assignment for them before they left for the weekend, and they knew their teacher would have wanted them to keep working. Longworth owned one of the homes demolished in the southside explosion and died in the blast.

The Monday-morning assignment is an example of how she operated her second-grade classroom, Southwest Elementary School Principal Beth Guilfoy said.

“She’s the most organized person. When we went into her classroom (Sunday) she had everything ready — stuff for parent-teacher conferences this week, her lesson plans. The kids have what they need on their desk,” she said.

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