GREENSBORO — Jean Ransom, a longtime assistant principal at Ragsdale High, will be remembered for her compassion, school pride and dedication to her job, the school's principal said.
Ransom, 56, of Gibsonville, died in a traffic collision late Tuesday night.
"She was always willing to take on the most difficult cases, the student that was having the most difficult time," Principal Jim Gibson said Wednesday. "We saw some of those kids today, and talked about what a difference she had made to them. They may not have realized it at the time, but she did."
On Tuesday, just before midnight, state troopers responded to a crash on U.S. 70 near N.C. 61 in the eastern part of Guilford County.
Gregory Jason Pitti, also of Gibsonville, was traveling west in a 2016 Nissan Altima when he crossed over the center line and hit head-on Ransom's 2014 Ford Mustang, according to Master Trooper Brandon Baker. Both drivers were killed.
Troopers haven't been able to figure out yet what caused Pitti, 32, to cross the center line and are still investigating. There were no passengers in either vehicle.
Gibson said he learned of Ransom's death early Wednesday morning. School leaders first told the school staff, then had teachers read statements about the death to their students in class. The district's crisis response team was on hand Wednesday to offer help for any staff or students who needed it.
The sudden death has been shocking to the school community, Gibson said, and they aren't sure yet how they will fill Ransom's role, but they plan to try to continue to do the things that were important to her.