Teachers at the school where Wadud Abdul taught are today (June1) coming to terms with their loss as the new school term begins.
Hadrian School Head Teacher Chris Rollings says it was tragic walking in to address his colleagues.
He says the sense of loss and sorrow was palpable.
Mr Abdul was celebrating his 36th birthday at family picnic during half term when he got into difficulties in the River Tees at Low Force, and died.
He had worked at Hadrian School in Newcastle for 10 years, initially as a volunteer.
The school put Mr Abdul through his teacher training, and he was in his second year of teaching, having qualified in 2014.
Here is head teacher, Chris Rollings:
Hadrian School caters for primary school children with additional learning needs.
Today the staff and pupils have been remembering Mr Abdul at a special assembly.
He had started fundraising to build a Roman house in the grounds of the school.
The school will continue to build it in his memory and plant a tree.