Beloved Robert E. Lee teacher, swimming instructor Debbie Jones' death leaves hole in community

TYLER - The community is in mourning after a beloved Tyler educator passed away on Wednesday.
 
Debbie Jones, 56, taught math at Robert E. Lee for close to three decades and also taught hundreds of young children to swim.
 
Zach Cannon said there was no question when it came to who he and his wife Rachel would have teach their infant daughter, Reagan, to swim.
 
“My experience with Ms. Debbie was through the eyes of my daughter,” Cannon said.
 
Reagan bonded with Jones immediately and looked forward to every lesson, he said.
 
“She was a calm and heartful person,” he said. “She always demonstrated that to the kids.”
 

 
Cannon said Jones was the type of teacher who wanted to take on the hardest students because she believed they deserved the same opportunities to learn.
 
“It was in her heart,” he said. “She loves to teach and (told swimming students) we’re here to learn something and what is best for you. She wanted you to be safe.”
 
Cannon said her impact in the community was huge.
 
A memorial fund has been set up to help the family with expenses.
 
To donate, click here
 

Tyler Morning Telegraph


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