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Denton school district employee dies at age 45

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By Britney Tabor

The Denton school district is mourning the loss of Shonna Morelos, an educational diagnostician who has been with the district since 2008.

Morelos, 45, died Tuesday morning, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office. The cause of her death was not disclosed.

In her time with the school district, Morelos worked with Borman, Houston and Wilson elementary schools in Denton.

Robert Gonzalez, principal at Borman Elementary, said she assessed and diagnosed students with learning disabilities and met with parents to discuss the assessments. He described her as someone who was “always smiling, always happy,” and who had a passion for the work she did. Gonzalez said “building relationships was her strength.” Morelos had an effective way of communicating with everyone she came in contact with, he said, and “people were attracted to her immediately.”

Jennifer Austin, a licensed specialist in school psychology, said it was “obvious that she truly loved children,” said of Morelos, adding that she had a knack for working with parents and showed respect to everyone.

“She was a critical part of our team,” Gonzalez said. “She worked with the most at-risk students, and also worked with our teachers in giving support and counsel in how to work with students with special needs,” Gonzalez said. “It’s been very emotional for a lot of people. She meant a lot to the district.

“We’re at such a loss right now.”

Gonzalez said counselors are being made available to staff and students and the staff members at Borman are writing letters expressing what Morelos meant to them that they hope to deliver to her children.

Morelos is survived by her husband and two daughters.

As of Wednesday afternoon, funeral arrangements for Morelos were not finalized, according to Bill DeBerry Funeral Directors.

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.