Virginia Jackson

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Virginia Jackson, Teacher from UFT
* Retired Teacher

Virginia Jackson, who started out as a paraprofessional and later became a teacher in her 40-year-long career in New York City public schools, is remembered for her devotion to her students and as a true lifelong learner.

Her daughter Denise Odom said her mother, who retired from teaching some 15 years ago, often spent her own money on classroom supplies for needy students and small gifts to reward students for a job well done. Underscoring Virginia’s impact on their lives, some of her students stayed in touch with her after her retirement.

Virginia, who died at age 78, spent more than two decades as a early childhood teacher at PS 156 in Brooklyn. She taught first grade in her final years before she retired.

“I remember how friendly Virginia was when I first came to the school and how much her students loved her,” said former PS 156 colleague Paula McCuchin. “She was serious but loving.”

All while raising a family, Jackson earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Medgar Evers College and a master’s degree from Adelphi University and took additional courses at Fordham University and Brooklyn College to attain her MA plus 30 credits.

B’nai Brith and the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture were among the numerous organizations that honored Virginia for her service and professional excellence.

Virginia loved cooking and often made huge smorgasbord feasts during the holidays. But her greatest love was for her family.

In addition to Denise, Virginia is survived by her daughter Annette; two grandchildren; three sisters and a brother; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Condolences can be sent to:

Annette Odom
240 Cozine Ave. #3J
Brooklyn, NY 11207