Longtime Kings teacher loses battle with breast cancer

Angie Niemann, 46, taught preschool.

Although longtime Kings Local School District teacher Angie Niemann lost her battle against breast cancer, her memory will continue to inspire others for years to come.

“Her positive spirit and enthusiasm were contagious. She had a can-do attitude and would always strive to see the best of any situation that she encountered,” remembered Cheryl Montag, principal at J.F. Burns Elementary School. “The courage and grace she showed while going through treatments will never be forgotten. She is my hero.”

Niemann, 46, taught preschool in the district for more than 20 years.

“Angie was an incredible teacher. She made every child feel special and loved,” Montag said. “She encouraged them to be confident and determined to reach their highest potential. She set the bar high for her students and then knew when to step aside to watch them soar.”

In November 2012 Niemann was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer and soon after began four months of intensive chemotherapy. In April 2013 the Lakota High School graduate underwent a double mastectomy. Tests during the surgery indicated significant cancer, and more chemotherapy was completed.

Over the course of the next four years, she underwent numerous radiation and chemotherapy treatments, surgeries, biopsies and scans — all in effort to beat the cancer cells that had invaded both sides of her chest and lymph nodes. She succumbed to breast cancer April 19.

Niemann, past winner of the Warren County Project Excellence Educator Award, continued to teach during her treatments for as long as she was physically capable.

During an interview with the Today’s Pulse in 2014, she said, “Since my cancer diagnosis in November 2012, I have had the blessing and deeper knowledge that I am exactly where I should be in this life. I love the children, the parents, the creativity and occasional controlled chaos that preschool is. I feel joy in preschool.”

Kings parents Tanya Wilson and Dayna Hamm, who each had children in Niemann’s classroom, have organized a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for her daughter, a Kings High School sophomore.

“Angie helped my (twin) girls to blossom in her nurturing and creative classroom,” Wilson said. “Angie helped many Kings families in the same way.”

Niemann is remembered as a valued member of the Kings district, as a teacher, parent, friend and community member.

“Angie was known for her beautiful, contagious smile, love for teaching and kindness. She has touched many lives and will be dearly missed by our Kings community,” said Dawn Gould, spokeswoman for the district.

Niemann attended Crossroads Church where she was an active volunteer. Her creativity was visible in her painting, sewing and decorating. She enjoyed reading and writing.

“Angie inspired those around her to be the best that they could be in every aspect of their lives,” Montag said. “Memories of Angie will continue to inspire us to strive for excellence.”

Contact this contributing writer at lisa.knodel@gmail.com.

How to help

For more information or to donate: Go online to www.gofundme.com/AngieNiemannFund.

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