Jade Moore has been the most influential person in my professional life. He has been my mentor and my touchstone for the "proper" way to behave professionally. I became a teacher at the age of 39 and had raised 4 children of my own. I became a faculty rep by default, not having any idea that it would require sitting through RA meetings which would add hours onto already long days. I became an avid fan of Jade and what he was asking us to do.
At my son's home in California, the teacher's in my granddaughter's high school had been working without a contract for several years. I heard all kinds of accolades about their accomplishments from the podium that night which prompted me to write a letter to the editor asking why they did not pay the teachers more if they were doing such great things with the students. I identified myself as a teacher activist from the state of Florida. A teacher contract was approved at the next election. My son thought the letter I wrote made the difference. I am so thankful that Jade chose to stay with PCTA when he had the opportunity to go to work at the state level. I know they get good people, but I am not too sure about our good fortune.
It broke my heart to hear of Jade's death. It thrilled me to read of his activities in his church. Yes, I can imagine some of the meetings that are taking place right now. For sure, Heaven will never be the same. I was really looking forward to attending the service today, but a severe cold made me think better of it.
I do want to wish Sue, Jennifer and Michelle my deepest sympathy. I am sure that they have been overwhelmed with love and food offerings from PCTA and Church members. I pray that loving memories will soon replace the sorrow for their loss. One good thing with Jade, his memories have to be loaded with laughter, also. I am also so very thankful for that granddaughter he cherished. God bless and keep you all.