Slain Elko Teacher Honored by Her School

Photo courtesy Ross Andreson/Elko Daily Free Press.
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ELKO, Nev. (AP) - An Elko teacher who was the victim of a murder-suicide two years ago is being honored by her school.

A $50,000 playground for first- and second-graders has been completed in memory of Stacie Stefka at Southside Elementary School.

She taught second grade at Southside for a few years. Sheriff's investigators say her husband killed the 42-year-old teacher in November 2011 before he took his own life.

Third-grade teacher Salli McDermott told the Elko Daily Free Press ( ) that "a quiet area with trees" was added behind the playground because Stefka loved trees.

She says it includes a picnic table that will feature a plaque with Stefka's name, and the entire area will be dedicated to her at a future ceremony.

Stefka also worked for the Elko County School District in West Wendover and at Northside Elementary in Elko. In 2008, she won the Office Max Teacher of the Year award.