Patricia Ann Jackson, an educator and assistant principal at Bay-Brook Elementary School in Brooklyn, died Thursday of meningitis at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Randallstown resident was 48.
Mrs. Jackson, whom pupils called "Miss Pat," began her teaching career at Belmont Elementary School as a special education teacher in 1974. In 1995, she was promoted to master teacher at Bay-Brook Elementary School, where she was appointed assistant principal this year after she completed the Aspiring Leadership Program at Loyola College.
FOR THE RECORD - Patricia Ann Jackson: Funeral services for Patricia Ann Jackson, 48, assistant principal at Bay-Brook Elementary School who died Thursday, were reported incorrectly in yesterday's editions of The Sun. Services for Mrs. Jackson will be held at 7 p.m. today at Gillis Memorial Christian Community Church, 4016 Park Heights Ave. The Sun regrets the error.
"She was a great person. She is a preacher's daughter and the children loved that about her. When they used bad language, she would say, `I am a preacher's daughter,' " said Catherine Reinholdt, principal of the southern Baltimore school.
"She was very, very dedicated to the children here and the families. She was extraordinarily supportive of me, and she would want to take on tasks to alleviate pressure on me," the principal said.
"She could be quite dry and do things with glances that were pertinent, or that could make people laugh, and she had wonderful communication skills," said Ms. Reinholdt. "She was good at problem-solving to address children's needs and she was very organized."
Despite feeling ill last week, Mrs. Jackson continued to go to school.
"I saw her and ate lunch with her on Monday," Ms. Reinholdt said. "She complained of a headache. She was the kind of person who when she was feeling ill, just would not stop. That was the last time I saw her."
"She was goal-oriented and innovative," said her sister, Carla Jackson-Dickey of Randallstown, who is principal of Grove Park Elementary School. "Her remarkable human relations skills enabled her to work successfully with staff, students and peers."
The former Patricia Ann Jackson was born and raised on Grantley Road in West Baltimore and graduated from Western High School in 1969.
She earned an associate's degree in 1971 from then-Community College of Baltimore and a bachelor's degree in social work from then-Morgan State College in 1975. A year later, she earned a master's degree in education from Coppin State College.
In 1973, she married Melvin Jackson, who survives her.
Mrs. Jackson enjoyed spending time with her family. Sundays, after attending services at Gillis Memorial Christian Community Church in Northwest Baltimore, where her father, the Rev. Theodore C. Jackson Jr. is pastor, she would join family and friends for dinner in the parsonage.
She also enjoyed gourmet cooking and traveling.
Services for Mrs. Jackson will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Gillis Memorial Christian Community Church, 4016 Park Heights Ave.
In addition to her husband, father and sister, she is survived by a daughter, Tunia Michelle Jackson of Randallstown; her mothers, Hattie Hall and Marlene Jackson, both of Baltimore; eight brothers, Charles Jackson and Eric Jackson, both of Randallstown, Don Jackson, Andre Jackson, Eugene Jackson, Nathan Jackson, Ricky Jackson and Kenneth Jackson, all of Baltimore; and many nephews and nieces.
Sun staff writer Liz Bowie contributed to this article.