Tamara Joyce Dawe, a 40-year-old language arts teacher at Mesa Linda Middle School in Victorville, Calif., was found dead in her classroom Tuesday morning, according to KABC News.
Authorities told the Associated Press no foul play is suspected, and an autopsy has been scheduled.
According to the Victorville Daily Press, students lined up outside the classroom Tuesday morning, which a school security officier unlocked, finding Dawe on the floor inside.
The security guard immediately rushed the students out the locked classroom, and their parents were contacted to come pick them up from school.
Now the campus is in mourning, with students and teachers remembering the former popular teacher.
“She was an amazing teacher -- one of the best I had,” Joshua Valle, a former student, told the Victorville Daily Press. “She always was there for me when I needed help. She helped me stay out of trouble. She was a very caring and amazing woman.”