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Beloved Madison County teacher dies in kayaking accident

FILE - A school photo of Adam Worley, who taught math at Madison Early College High School. The school's principal says Worley was killed in a kayak accident at the Outer Banks. (Photo courtesy: Madison Early College High School

Students, teachers and administrators at Madison Early College High School are reeling after news one of their best and brightest teachers died over the weekend.

The school's principal says teacher Adam Worley was killed in a kayak accident in the Outer Banks.

Worley was in his second year teaching Math 1 to freshman. Students said he loved teaching math, but also was a good friend to them and really engaged in their lives.

Details of the accident are limited, but Principal Jennifer Caldwell said a recent photo of Worley was taken during his trip this past weekend to the Outer Banks.

Caldwell said she knew Worley well and both grew up in Madison County.

"His spirit was contagious, his energy," Caldwell said of the teacher. "No day could be bad around Adam. No child was ever left out around Adam."

All teachers and students agree, Worly deeply cared about teaching math and making sure his students excelled.

School was not in session Tuesday, Jan. 2, but a large group of faculty and Worley's students wanted to come together to share with their memories of his intelligence, love of nature, love of God and love of teaching his students.

Worley's wife, Lindley Worley, released the following statement about her husband's death:

Adam was a loved and cherished son, husband, father, brother, friend, teacher, and mentor to all who knew him. He loved God with all his heart. He devoted himself to the good of others in every way. He loved being near God in nature and left this life doing exactly what he craved: adventure with God in nature. He will be deeply missed by all of us. Adam wouldn't want us to live in sorrow but live each day with passion, excitement, fervor and love.

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