JPS teacher’s assistant who died of coronavirus leaves great legacy for her students

JPS teacher’s assistant leaves behind great legacy for her students

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The Jackson Public School District is remembering an Exceptional Education teacher assistant at Spann Elementary who died Tuesday from COVID-19.

Lori G.Torrey, the principal at Spann Elementary, sharing the great loss and memory of the educator, says 38-year-old Shalondra Rollins leaves behind a great legacy.

The 38 year old Exceptional Education Teacher Assistant died Tuesday at a Jackson hospital.
The 38 year old Exceptional Education Teacher Assistant died Tuesday at a Jackson hospital. (Source: Spann Elementary School)

“Miss Rollins was dedicated and committed to the entire student body at Spann Elementary," she said. "We absolutely adored her. She was patient, she was kind. She was everything you want your students to be around.”

Principal Torrey says she learned of the death of Rollins from the school’s PTA president.

Torrey said, “Miss Rollins’ mom contacted our PTA President and asked her to contact me. So she shared the news with me and then I was able to get in contact with Miss Rollins’ mom and then her fiance also called to share the news. So the family immediately shared the news with the Spann family.”

Rollins death is the first reported death in Jackson. She was a classmate of Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, who posted a tribute to Rollins on social media.

I am deeply saddened by the news that we have suffered our first fatality in the City of Jackson due to COVID-19. I’ve...

Posted by Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba on Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Torrey says Rollins’ legacy will never be forgotten.

“We will definitely remember her and we will treasure her memory at Spann," she said. "But also I’ve reached out to the parents and asked that they speak with their child about the passing of Miss Rollins. She was such a committed, dedicated person to Spann Elementary that it doesn’t matter how much time passes by, she will always be remembered.”

Principal Lori G. Torrey says she has asked parents to share the news of Rollins' passing with their children.
Principal Lori G. Torrey says she has asked parents to share the news of Rollins' passing with their children. (Source: Spann Elementary School)

Rollins had been an exceptional needs teacher at Spann for the last two years.

“I’m hearing such an outpouring on social media about her," Principal Torrey said. “It’s because she was a great spirit. She was very kind, she was always smiling and she was always willing to go above and beyond and to do anything that you asked of her.”

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