BHS students and staff mourning the loss of beloved teacher


Bakersfield High School students and staff are mourning the loss of one their own.

Michelle Nixon-Machado died Tuesday morning from what was described to 17 News only as a “medical condition that was very recent and very aggressive” from BHS principal David Reese.

“She is the absolute best teacher I’ve ever met,” colleague and friend Jeremy Adams said. “I think she is the finest teacher in Kern County and so we lost more than just a teacher, we lost a legend.” 

Nixon-Machado had been apart of the Driller family since 2000, teaching advance placement English to seniors.

“I’ve never had someone be so genuine without any kind of agenda behind it,” BHS senior Bridget Gill said. “She was always there for every single person and she made a point to make sure everyone felt recognized. There was never a student in her class who fell to the shadows.”

Nixon-Machado leaves behind her husband and 6-year-old daughter, Tessa.

Nixon-Machado’s students ask anyone she made an impact on to write a letter to help contribute to a scrapbooking project that will be presented to her family.

To contribute, you can email a letter to, or call 661-889-8058 for the address to mail a letter.

The family also asks, in lieu of flowers, people send children books that will be donated to the Beale Library and other places on behalf of her daughter.   

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest News

More Local News