In memory of Zoe |

In memory of Zoe

It is with immense sorrow that our community mourns the loss of one of its finest educators, Zoe Kreizenbeck.

In the afternoon of July 3, while traveling to Seward, Alaska, to fish for salmon, this vivacious and gentle spirit was tragically killed in a three-car collision. Doing what she loved most, traveling the globe and surrounding herself with wilderness, Zoe came to her resting place.

By selfishly taking Zoe from our midst, life seems cruelly unfair; however, Zoe would have found the sense in her departure. In all things, Zoe gave without asking in return. She nurtured, guided, and inspired not only her family and friends, but her students, whom she lovingly referred to as her “kids.”

For 16 years Zoe has taught the eighth, sixth, and, most recently, the fourth grade at Colfax Elementary. With perseverance and determination, Zoe encouraged her students to reach their highest goals, and they loved her for it.

Born with the heart of a gypsy, Zoe loved to travel and she brought her global interest into the classroom. After a trip to Spain, she was so inspired by the culture that she taught her fourth-graders to speak Spanish.

Mary Ann Hinrichs


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