Nailah Pettigen, former Special Education teacher at American High School, passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 2015.
Ms. Pettigen was adviser for the Expressions Club and taught at FUSD for thirteen years (2000-2013); most years were taught at American. She was known as the teacher who was very accepting and wouldn’t judge anyone.
“The thing most memorable to me about her was when I first came here to American, she made me feel welcomed,” English teacher Ms. González said.
Ms. Pettigen was a very strong individual. Even when she was clearly upset, she would always have a positive attitude. When asked if she was okay, she would commonly respond with “it’s all good.”
“Even though she didn’t know me, she would always smile and say ‘hello,’” González said.
A candlelight vigil was held for Pettigen on Monday, October 5, 2015 at St. James Episcopal Church where friends, family and former co-workers gathered around, sharing memories and prayers.