TROPHY CLUB (CBSDFW.COM) – Extra counselors will be at Beck elementary School in the Northwest Independent School District. They will be on campus Wednesday to help students and faculty cope with the death of a math and science teacher.
Teacher Sam Torres was killed in a wreck that happened just before dawn on Tuesday.
Torres’ motorcycle collided with an 18-wheeler along Highway 183 as it merges with Highway 121 in Bedford. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Northwest ISD spokeswoman Lesley Weaver said Torres served as a teacher for three years at Beck Elementary in Trophy Club.
“He was young. He related well with the students. Everyone that you hear from, teachers, parents, students… all have great things to say about him,” she said.
School administrators decided not to tell the students about the death. Parents were notified by phone and have been asked to break the news to their children.
“We’re asking families to start the conversation at home, about this situation,” said Weaver. “We think it’s a conversation best to be introduced by parents.”
Torres taught 4th and 5th grade math and science. Weaver called him a tremendous asset at the school. “He’s been a great role model for our students and it is someone that everybody could relate to and he was able to keep students engaged. He was just a great teacher. We’re going to greatly miss him.”
Family members said Sam was a man of faith who loved everyone. “Everybody wanted to be around him. He didn’t know a stranger. As soon as he met you, you were best friends with him,” said Sam’s brother, Justin Davis.
The principal at Beck Elementary said Torres taught more than just math and science. Principal Deborah McCune said, “he taught kids to believe in themselves.”