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October 16, 2012 > Counselors assist following death of veteran teacher

Counselors assist following death of veteran teacher

Submitted By Rick LaPlante

Grief counselors were available for students and staff at James Logan High School on Friday, October 12 after a veteran teacher was found dead Thursday in San Mateo County.

Chris Ryan, 54, a Redwood City resident, taught English and social science at Logan, where he worked since 1994. For several years, he also served as a part-time administrator and was responsible for the master schedule.

Mr. Ryan was reported missing by his family Tuesday. The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office reported that his car was found Wednesday night in a parking area off Interstate 280 near Highway 92. A search and rescue team found his body late Thursday afternoon, at the bottom of a nearby ravine.

Cause of death is unknown, pending an autopsy.

Logan Principal Amy McNamara met with teachers and other staff members this morning to inform them of Mr. Ryan's death and to discuss appropriate ways to tell students. Counseling was immediately made available for both students and staff.

Memorial services are pending.

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