Remembering Mrs. Tonya Eide


Highlands Bluebirds remember Mrs. Tonya Eide.

From a video announcement by Principal Matthew Bertasso: 

“Good Morning Highlands staff and students,

     I’m saddened to announce that yesterday afternoon our colleague, teacher, and friend Mrs. Tonya Eide quietly and peacefully passed away. Mrs. Eide has battled cancer courageously for almost eighteen months. She fought like a warrior to spend as much time with her family and friends. 

     Mrs. Eide joined the Highlands family 24 years ago. She worked with every department, numerous students, and stepped up when help was needed. As a special education teacher and department chair, Mrs. Eide worked with students who had some of the most difficult struggles and did so with a smile, empathy, and patience. She was also a kind and giving mother, she cared for her children and family. She led by example and with love. 

     Mrs. Eide will be missed. She has left a wonderful and memorable mark on our school and community. 

     Today will be difficult for many teachers and students. We have spaces and help available for those who need some support or just a moment to reflect. You can ask your teachers for more information on locations where counselors and support will be available. 

     Students, I ask for your patience and understanding today as many of your teachers were very close to Mrs. Eide. 

     Thank you for caring for one another and for showing what it truly means to be a bluebird.”


The Hilltopper Staff is saddened about the loss of Mrs. Tonya Eide. We will remember her in the coming weeks.