- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 25-year-old Iowa woman who was diagnosed with a rare cancer has died, her pursuit of a teaching career and her life cut short.

The Hauser Funeral Home says Amy Heiter, of Cedar Falls, died Wednesday at the Floyd County Medical Center in Charles City.

Heiter was diagnosed in 2013 just after finishing her first period of student-teaching preschool and first grade at Washington Elementary School in Charles City. She underwent treatment before returning to teach. She had one more test to take to earn her certificate, but she learned in October 2014 that her cancer had returned. Doctors told her there was no cure.

On April 21 the executive director of the State Board of Educational Examiners presented a teaching certificate to Heiter in a ceremony at Washington Elementary.


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