Islanders are mourning the passing of a longtime teacher who put students at the center of her work.
Retired teacher and current school board trustee Joan Droit died Saturday. She was elected to the Board of Education on May 17, 2011.
"The Grand Island Central School District wishes to acknowledge the contribution Joan Droit made on behalf of students, faculty and the school community at large," the district said in a statement Thursday.
"Miss Droit served as an elementary and high school teacher for approximately 40 years. She was a dedicated teacher who believed that every student is capable of learning and achieving great things. Additionally, she represented the Grand Island Teachers Association as the first union president. Most recently, she has served as a Board of Education member. Miss Droit will be remembered as the person who held students best interest at the center of her work."