HAYMARKET, VA — A teaching assistant at Battlefield High School in Haymarket died in a car accident Friday night. Drew Roadarmel, a 2015 Battlefield High School graduate, was studying to become a teacher, following in her parents’ footsteps.
“She has been an outstanding teaching assistant and was wonderful for our staff and students,” Battlefield High School principal Ryan Ferrera said in an email Saturday to the high school community.
Roadarmel received her master’s degree in special education and teaching from George Mason University this year, according to her LinkedIn page.
One of Roadarmel’s younger brothers is also a Battlefield High School graduate and the other is a senior at the school. Her cousin is a first-year teacher in the school’s science department. Her father is an assistant principal at Battlefield and her mother is a teacher at Bull Run Middle School.
“We will have a difficult time as we grieve this tragic loss and surround The Roadarmel Family with our love, thoughts, and prayers,” Ferrera said in the email.
The Prince William County school system is providing members of its critical incident team on Monday to any staff and students who are struggling with the news of Roadarmel’s death and need to speak to someone in person. The team also will be on standby through Wednesday to meet with anyone virtually.
Ferrera recommended that parents pay attention to their student’s emotional needs during the next few weeks, especially if they had Roadarmel as a teacher.
“This is a difficult time for our school community, but Battlefield students and staff will support each other as we deal with this loss,” Ferrera said.