Joan Hammonds, a longtime Baltimore teacher who served as executive assistant to the school district's interim CEO, died last week of unknown causes at Good Samaritan Hospital, her son said. She was 65.
In her 43-year teaching career, Mrs. Hammonds was as an educator, mentor, confidant and friend to many throughout the school system — from the district's top officials to its students, colleagues said.
She was an executive assistant to Tisha Edwards, chief of staff to former schools CEO Andrés Alonso, and she continued in that role when Ms. Edwards succeeded Mr. Alonso as interim CEO in 2013.
"She represented the district in a very positive way that...