The woman found dead in her Hampden home on Tuesday was a longtime elementary school teacher in town, and was described by former colleagues as a dedicated educator.
Georgeanne Jackson, 73, taught at George Weatherbee Elementary School in Hampden for 32 years, starting in 1983, Regan Nickels, assistant superintendent of Regional School Unit 22, said in an email sent to district staff on Wednesday.
Jackson taught one year of seventh grade, and for the remaining 31 years, she was a Gifted and Talented teacher until she retired in 2015.
“She knew how to inspire children, and how to motivate them,” said Kathryn King, who taught English at Hampden Academy and whose children were in Jackson’s Gifted and Talented class at Weatherbee.
“She was as much a mentor and an advocate for her colleagues as she was for the children,” she said. “She appreciated and loved the profession.”
King described Georgeanne Jackson as a dedicated teacher who could analyze her students’ potential and find ways to help them achieve it.
“She knew how to inspire and impassion kids in elementary school,” she said. “She never talked down to children. She elevated them. She was intuitive. She was kind and warm, and she was really inspirational.”
Nickels knew Jackson for years when she was principal of the Weatherbee school.
“Georgeanne was passionate about her work with students,” she said. “She was a real reader and enjoyed sharing that with the students very much.”
Georgeanne Jackson’s ex-husband, 73-year-old David Jackson, who was found unresponsive in the Kennebec Road home and taken to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, was also a teacher.
When King attended Orono High School, David Jackson was one of her teachers. She graduated in 1978, the same year he started teaching at Hampden Academy, where he was an English teacher for 14 years, until 1992, according to Nickels.
King later went from being David Jackson’s student to colleague, when she started teaching at Hampden Academy in 1990.