A teacher from L.N. Coakley High School in Moss Town, Exuma was killed in a traffic accident on that island yesterday.
She was remembered as an ambitious and passionate teacher.
Police said a gray Chevy Astro van and a Suzuki Aerio collided shortly after 8 a.m.
The driver of the Suzuki Aerio died on the scene, while the passenger and the driver of the Chevy Astro were not injured.
The victim was later identified as Dominique Bullard, a food and nutrition teacher at L.N. Coakley High School.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved colleague and friend, Mrs. Dominique Bullard,” the school said in a Facebook post.
“We extend condolences to her family and friends. May she rest in peace.”
One of Bullard’s former students, Ashmarie Smith, 19, described her as a great teacher that went above and beyond for her students.
“I participated in Onion Chef, a competition in 11th grade, and she coached me for that time,” Smith said in an interview with The Nassau Guardian.
“She was also the advisor for L.N. Coakley’s Kiwanis Club and was recognized for her outstanding work. She was a woman of ambition and she always pushed her students. She was very understanding and loved teaching.”
Smith said although she did not want to, Bullard convinced her to enter the Onion Chef competition.
“I didn’t come first, but she taught me and most of her students that you only fail when you stop trying,” Smith said.
“I apply that to my daily life. She was the type of person to always tell others that they have more potential than they think.”
Denae Clarke, 18, a mentee of Bullard for last year’s competition, said: “Mrs. Bullard’s relationship with her students was far beyond the normal teacher-student relationship. She was more like a second mother or a mentor to most students.
“She was the type of teacher to push you in ways beyond what you could’ve imagined because she knew the capabilities that lie with each one of her students.
“She always went the extra mile for her students, and picked up where we were lacking.”
She added, “Mrs. Bullard was truly a gem to the education section in Exuma and will be missed by everyone she came in contact with because she always left a lasting impression, even if it’s just by her contagious smile.”