GCHS teacher dies from stroke

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

A popular Grant County High School teacher died last week.

Tom Pitts, an electrical technology instructor at the Grant County Career and Technical Center, died Dec. 17 following a stroke over the weekend.
He began teaching in Grant County when the career/technical center opened in 2011.

“He has been a vibrant, energetic contributor to its success,” wrote GCHS principal Claudette Herald. “At 65 years of age, he still loved to come to work every day. He loved new innovation and new programs. He loved Grant County schools, and most of all, he loved his students.”
Pitts was popular with his students.
Herald said it was because he saw promise in each and every child.

He had recently established a renewable energies program and had involved students in its development from the ground up as they built and installed wind turbines and solar panels at GCHS.

John Sanders, associate principal in the CTC, informed students of Pitts’ death on Dec. 18.
Herald said he reminded the students of Pitts’ love for them and encouraged them to honor his memory by staying the course.
The high school made additional staff, counselors and clergy available to students.

In addition to teaching, Pitts was the minister of Drury’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Gallatin County.
A celebration of his life was held on Dec. 20 at Grant County High School.
He is survived by his wife, Connie, three sons and two granddaughters.
“He understood his role was to prepare his students for success not just in the classroom, but beyond. And like a proud papa, he beamed with pride as they experienced success, or he picked them up and dusted them off when they needed to try again. He was tireless in his enthusiasm, care and concern,” Herald said.