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Carroll County school mourns loss of math teacher

Devin Michael Spence, a teacher at Manchester Valley High School who died Monday, Feb. 11, in a car accident, will be remembered for his big heart and kind soul, according to those who knew him.

Spence, 23, was killed after his car crashed into a private school bus and burst into flames Monday morning.

The Carroll County Sheriff's Department reported to the scene and believe icy roads played a part in the accident.

A math teacher, Spence joined the staff at Manchester Valley High School last August, according to Randy Clark, Manchester Valley's principal.

"He was just a very dynamic, energetic young teacher that worked hard at helping the students understand the content he was teaching," Clark said. "He made a mark on the school already in his short time."

The 2007 Winters Mill High School graduate was a member of the varsity lacrosse team, which played for the state championship his senior year.

"When he was here as a student and player for me, he was one of those kids who got along with everybody," said Sal Picataggi, Winters Mill's lacrosse coach. "He was friendly to everybody. He was the kind of guy, type of person, who always positively impacted everyone around him."

Picataggi has known the Spence family for 17 years, having first met them when Spence's older brother was one of Picataggi's first students.

Picataggi also worked with Spence when he became a long-term substitute at the school.

"Devin was just a really kind and gentle young man," Picataggi said. "He made such an impact on so many kids in so short of time. We got robbed on this one. He was able to do so much good. That was his intent."

A memorial service was planned for Saturday, Feb. 16, at Manchester Valley High School.

Throughout last week, counselors were available at the school for both students and staff, Clark said.

"Given the circumstances, we're doing pretty well. We've had some rough days," Clark said. "We've had tremendous support from our community and other schools."

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