Jeffrey Alston

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Jeffrey Alston, Teacher from UFT
* Teacher
* Juan Morel Campos School of the Arts, Brooklyn

“An educator, mentor and adviser to students and staff alike, Jeffrey Alston was a vibrant part of our community,” said Keith Miller, the UFT chapter leader at the Juan Morel Campos School of the Arts in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. “He loved his job and, most important, his students, immeasurably,” Miller said.

Jeffrey was a UFT member for 28 years and taught at Juan Morel for 15 years. He died on April 12 at age 56.

Jeffrey taught math and technology and also was a dean. He wrote grant proposals that led to the creation of the school’s computer lab 13 years ago. More recently, he was able to successfully advocate for an upgrade to the lab.

He loved classic R&B and jazz and had extensive knowledge of hip-hop, and he shared it all with the school community. A man of faith, he was working toward his ordination, Miller said.

Jeffrey was also known for his wonderful sense of humor and his willingness to lend an ear. “He often chose not to give advice but to guide you to your decisions,” Miller said. “I am a better man and teacher for having known Jeff. His best quality was his ability to let you know he was there and he was listening; you knew he cared. That sense remains.”

Jeffrey is survived by his wife Ana L. Rivera-Alston and his stepson, Antonio Stephens.

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