HAMPDEN – After finding out their former teacher was found dead in her home on Tuesday, students of Georgeanne Jackson said they are heartbroken over the tragedy.
“I was devastated. I don’t know, I was just in shock,” Jackson’s former student Josie Lawrence said.
Jackson, 73, had taught at George Weatherbee Elementary School for decades, and according to one of her former students, Jackson was a teacher that stood out above the rest.
“I think she made a huge impact on any kids who were in class with her. Being in class with her for I think two hours twice a week, I remember Tuesdays and Thursdays, that was the highlight of my childhood was being able to be in there with her,” Sarah Thomas, another former student, said.
For Thomas, it has been over a decade since she was in Jackson’s class but for her and other former students to still remember her impact is telling.
” I think that it shows that she was the saving grace of the Hampden school district,” Thomas said. “She was just so strong and special and just really wanted the best for kids.”
“I have always wanted to thank her again for everything she did for me when I was younger and I always expected that I would see her again around town,” Lawrence said. “But I never really got to say goodbye so it breaks my heart a little.”
Jackson’s ex-husband, David Jackson, a former Hampden Academy teacher, was also found in the home on Tuesday unresponsive.
He was later taken to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. No information about his condition was available Thursday.
Currently, police are monitoring the health of David Jackson and are investigating the circumstances behind Georgeanne Jackson’s death.