HARDIN COUNTY, Texas — Hardin Jefferson ISD is remembering longtime teacher and administrator Melanie Nunez, who worked at the district for 25 years as both a teacher and administrator. 

"She loved every kid she came in contact with," school officials said in a post on the district's Facebook page Friday, Nov. 8. "She was passionate about her students' success and always willing to go the extra mile for her friends and co-workers."

Her daughter Rita also graduated from Hardin Jefferson ISD, the district said. 

"Mrs. Nunez will be missed by all, and we know at HJISD how lucky we all were for knowing her and being inspired by her," the district said. "Our hearts go out to all her family and friends."

Statement from Hardin Jefferson ISD...

HJISD is saddened by the loss of Mrs. Melanie Nunez. Melanie worked for Hardin-Jefferson ISD for 25 years as a teacher and administrator.

She loved every kid she came in contact with. She was passionate about her students' success and always willing to go the extra mile for her friends and co-workers. She fought for our district and was always proud to be an HJ Hawk.

She raised a fine HJ Graduate (daughter)- Rita. She lived life to the fullest and never met a stranger. Mrs. Nunez will be missed by all, and we know at HJISD how lucky we all were for knowing her and being inspired by her. Our hearts go out to all her family and friends.

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