According to the Riverhead Central School District, Riverhead’s beloved kindergarten teacher, who urged him to build a “hugging machine,” died of breast cancer on Tuesday because he couldn’t accept students during the pandemic.
A spokesman for the Riverhead Central School District said Wednesday night that former teacher Keristronski, a longtime teacher at Aquebogue Elementary School, was 48 years old.
Stromski, a three-married mother, taught in the area for 23 years.
Christine Tona, interim school director at the Riverhead Central School District, said Stromsky’s death would be felt throughout the community.
“I’m saddened by the news that Keri Stromski has died,” Tona said in a statement. “She is very enthusiastic about her family, students, Riverhead Central School District and Riverhead Community and will be greatly missed. We can all learn from the example of Keri’s strength in the most difficult situations. I will. “
Stroemsky’s sister, Jill Kvetz, contacted her by text message Wednesday night and directed a reporter to a Facebook post she wrote about her brother.
“Keri was passionate about her husband’s love for Rob and her love for life. The awe-inspiring mother who was always there for her children,” read Kubetz’s post. “I shouted” Go, Maddy, Go! “,” Go Morgan Go “,” Go, Quinn, Go “in the loudest voice of Swim Meet. They knew her because when she shouted, she heard tears of pride in her voice. I was always rooting for them. “
In a Facebook post, Kubetz writes about her sister’s passion for education.
“Keri held the hands of our youngest and most precious gift, the children,” Kuvets wrote. “She spent countless amounts of money buying school supplies, gifts, and meals so that no one in her class felt unloved seven hours a day.”
Stromsky’s dedication to students and how much she liked to hug her students was highlighted in a Newsday article last month.
She told the newspaper: “Hugs are everything. You just let people know without saying a word … how much you love them.”
Avery Green, 5, a kindergarten student, said she knew her favorite teacher was having a hard time hugging her students.
“We decided to build a hug machine because Miss Stromski missed hugging everyone else,” Avery said in a story on March 18.
Stromski, who taught virtual classes during the pandemic, never told his students about the fight against breast cancer.
Avery and his mother, Kathy Green, set out to hug for Stromski after being inspired by similar creations by others during the pandemic so that grandparents could safely hug their grandchildren. I made. The green hug machine is made of black and silver coat rack, with a clear plastic bag as a reverse coat with sleeves. In addition to the adult set on one side and the lower set for small children, the face hangs from above.
Green and Avery presented a hug machine to Stromski last month.
It was a great success.
Strommski shouted with joy as she and Avery hugged her safely with a hug machine.
With Cecilia Daud and Joy Tyrell