Albany’s new assistant principal loses battle with COVID-19

New Albany High School mourns the loss of assistant principal Nancy Givens, who died Sunday after being hospitalized with COVID-19, according to a friend and former colleague. The New Albany County School District Floyd announced her passing on Facebook on Tuesday saying, “Our NAFCS family lost one of ours on Sunday. Nancy Givens worked as a vice-principal at New Albany High School where she had a lasting impact on so many students over the years. Our sincere condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, students and the community. “Justin Campbell worked under Givens for six years as a school counselor New Albany secondary. “There’s no kid she didn’t believe in,” Campbell said. too. “She was such a great encouragement. When you talk about whoever you want in your corner to cheer you on. Didn’t have a nasty bone in their body,” Campbell said. Givens’ encouragement continued even after Campbell left school in 2019 to pursue a career as a licensed mental health therapist and author. “She was a big help. She helped me a lot with getting my books out and things like that,” Campbell said. Givens often accompanied Campbell to events to help sell her books and even ran a business. much of her social media. “We did festivals together. I just finished with Sellersburg Celebrates last weekend and she would have been there with me,” Campbell said. Instead, Givens was at the hospital to fight COVID-19. Campbell says she was vaccinated but was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. She was about to start her fourth round of chemo when she came in and her body just couldn’t take this fight, “said Campbell. Givens spent his final days at Baptist Health Floyd where Campbell was fortunate enough to spend a few moments by his bedside on the day he died.” I have to take cards. that children of our church have made to make her feel better. I have to give these to her and pray for her, ”Campbell said. Givens was already unable to speak when Campbell visited, but was able to share a special moment with her the day before. “They thought she would have died the same day. before, but I had called FaceTime and prayed with the family and at that point she was consistent and kind of waved her hand and a last kiss, ”Campbell said. Campbell says what drives him now are the many posts and messages he’s seen from former students talking about the impact Givens has had on them. Givens, if you hadn’t stayed with me, I wouldn’t have graduated. That’s the kind of person she was, “Campbell said. He is hopeful that more people get vaccinated so that others don’t have to suffer the loss he and so many people are feeling right now.” If we don’t get people vaccinated, this virus is always going to mutate and the pity is we could end up with something worse than delta, ”Campbell said. The family opted for a driving tour. It will be held on Thursday September 2 at the Kraft funeral service in Charlestown. Road to New Albany.

New Albany High School mourns the loss of assistant principal Nancy Givens, who died Sunday after being hospitalized with COVID-19, according to a friend and former colleague.

The New Albany County School District Floyd announced her passing on Facebook on Tuesday, saying, “Our NAFCS family lost one of ours on Sunday. Nancy Givens worked as a vice-principal at New Albany High School where she had a lasting impact on so many students over the years. Our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends, colleagues, students and community. “

Justin Campbell worked under Givens for six years as a counselor at New Albany High School.

“There’s no kid she didn’t believe in,” Campbell said.

Campbell says that encouragement has extended to his colleagues as well.

“She was such a great encouragement. When you talk about whoever you want in your corner to cheer you on. She didn’t have a nasty bone in her body,” Campbell said.

Givens’ encouragement continued even after Campbell left school in 2019 to pursue a career as a licensed mental health therapist and author.

“She helped me out a lot. She helped me out a lot getting my books out and things like that,” Campbell said.

Givens often accompanied Campbell to events to help sell his books and even managed much of his social media.

“We did festivals together. I just finished with Sellersburg Celebrates last weekend and she would have been there with me,” Campbell said.

Instead, Givens was in the hospital fighting COVID-19. Campbell says she was vaccinated but was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.

“She was about to start her fourth round of chemo when she came in and so her body just couldn’t take this fight,” Campbell said.

Givens spent his final days at Baptist Health Floyd where Campbell was fortunate enough to spend a few moments by his bedside on the day of his death.

“I need to take cards that kids in our church have made to make her feel better. I need to give these to her and pray for her,” Campbell said.

Givens was already unable to speak when Campbell visited but was able to share a special moment with her the day before.

“They thought she would have passed away the day before but I called FaceTime and prayed with the family and at that point she was consistent and she kind of gave a wave and a final one. kiss, ”Campbell said.

Campbell says what drives him now are the many posts and messages he’s seen from alumni talking about the impact Givens has had on them.

“There was a message from a student that said, ‘Ms. Givens, if you hadn’t stayed with me, I wouldn’t have graduated.’ That’s the kind of person she was, ”Campbell said.

He hopes more people will be vaccinated so that others do not have to suffer the loss he and so many others are feeling right now.

“If we don’t get people vaccinated, this virus will still mutate and the pity is we could end up with something worse than the delta,” Campbell said.

The family opted for a driving tour. It will be held on Thursday, September 2 at the Kraft Funeral Service on Charlestown Road in New Albany.

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