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Duplin teacher assistant in fatal crash on way to school

Posted February 4, 2014

Stephanie Alphin

— A teaching assistant at North Duplin Junior-Senior High School died Tuesday morning while driving to work, officials said.

Stephanie Alphin, 45, the online course facilitator for the school, over-corrected when her car ran off the side of Garner Chapel Road in Mount Olive at about 7:20 a.m., according to the State Highway Patrol. The car then hit a phone pole.

"Our Duplin County Schools' family is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Mrs. Alphin. She was passionate about ensuring her students had whatever necessary to be successful in their courses," Superintendent Austin Obasohan said in a statement. "Our thoughts and our prayers go out to Mrs. Alphin's family. We are also praying for the entire North Duplin community and will do everything we can to support them as they work through this truly difficult time."

Additional guidance counselors and social workers were at North Duplin High to assist students and staff on Tuesday.

Alphin had been employed with Duplin County Schools since 2002.


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  • jackaroe123 Feb 5, 2014

    Prayers and condolences to her family, friends, and the school community. I know these things really hit school communities hard.

  • happy4ver Feb 5, 2014

    The world lost an awesome person! Someone that truly made a difference in kids' lives!!!

  • Lightfoot3 Feb 5, 2014

    That's a shame.

  • scubagirl2 Feb 4, 2014

    So sad. Condolences to her family and friends