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Former NHS teacher loses life in Colorado fire


  • By Winston Skinner
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  • Mar. 27, 2019 - 7:44 AM

Former NHS teacher loses life in Colorado fire

Courtesy of the McLean family

Mark and Ann McLean were respected educators in Coweta County for years. They retired and had a home in Colorado which burned Sunday. Ann McLean lost her life, and Mark McLean is in the hospital.

A former Newnan High School teacher lost her life in a fire at her Colorado home on Sunday morning, and her husband, who also taught at Newnan High, is in a Denver-area hospital.

Mark and Susan Ann McLean were at their home near Grand Lake, Colo., when their home burned early Sunday morning. According to the Grand County Sheriff's Office, a call was received at 12:39 a.m. on Sunday regarding a structure fire and explosion at their residence.

Fire, EMS and deputies responded to the scene. According to a report on the Grand County Sheriff’s Facebook page, responders “quickly learned the house was a total loss.”

Mark McLean, 63, was seriously injured and transported to a Denver-area hospital. His wife, Susan Ann McClean, 66, was initially unaccounted for, but was later determined unable to escape the fire when was found by emergency personnel after they were able to enter the residence, according to the GCSO.

Ann McLean’s brother, Lenn Wood, is the interim sheriff of Coweta County and is an announced candidate for the June election.

“Mark and Ann McClean served as distinguished educators for many years in the Coweta County School System, until their retirement in 2010,” said Dean Jackson, public information officer for the Coweta County School System. “Both had a significant influence on thousands of students and on their fellow educators at Newnan High School during their career.”

Ann McLean was an employee of the Coweta County School System from 1977 until her retirement in 2010, for most of that time as a math teacher at Newnan High School. She taught science as well, being known as a particularly skilled physics teacher.

She also worked for a few years in the school system’s central office in professional development.

Her husband, Mark Mclean, also served as a Newnan High School science teacher, as well as Newnan High’s media specialist and the school’s ETSS/technology specialist during his career here from 1985 to 2010.

“Mark and Ann McLean have many friends and colleagues in Coweta County, including many who continue to teach at Newnan High School,” Jackson said.

Newnan High Principal Chase Puckett issued a statement:

“Ann and Mark McLean have made an immeasurable positive impact on all who worked with them here at Newnan High School. In the classroom, they inspired students to be passionate about all the wonders of science and mathematics.

“Ann was a phenomenal math and science teacher, a NHS teacher of the year and one of the most positive, loving people you would ever encounter. Her loss is felt deeply by all who knew her.

“During his time at Newnan High School Mark was a gifted science teacher, media specialist, and technology support specialist who loved to apply his genius to support teachers and inspire students. The McLeans are truly part of the fabric of Newnan High School. Our thoughts and prayers are with the McLean family and with our friend and colleague, Mark McLean, during this difficult time.”