Five hundred white balloons were released Friday to remember Verinique Faust, a Hirschi French teacher.
A 12 year educator, Faust was a 2014 teacher of the year nominee, who her students say was a significant part of their school and community.
"We did not lose just a teacher of French here at Hirschi High. We lost an instructor of life," student Anthony Montoya said.
Faust is survived by her husband, Jamie, the assistant band director at Old High, and their two sons.
Copyright 2016 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.