Former JP Educator of the Year Will Be Missed
Published: Monday, 09 March 2015 14:43
Of all the people we’ve come into contact with over the past 25 years, there are a few select individuals who stand out from the crowd, and for us, Debra Brantley was one of those individuals. We received the heartbreaking news last Wednesday March 4th that she had passed on at the age of 63, and our thoughts have been with her family and reminiscing on her memory every since.
As described by JP team member Maggie Boozer, “Debra always had a story or two to share, and I loved to hear her laugh! She was so much fun and could certainly be named “The Life of the Party!” Great and happy memories. I will miss her. Now for the other side of Debra Brantley... She meant business when it came to education - any level, any teacher, any system, any child. I mean to tell you, that infectious smile and laugh was NOT present during some of our harder moments. We pondered, but we did not laugh. We considered this strategy or that, but we did not laugh. We studied diligently, but we did not laugh. We prayed over a situation or two, but we did not laugh. Debra Brantley meant business when it came to education. I loved and admired her. I will miss her. Her legacy lives on."
Debra Brantley was honored at one of our past JP Institutes in Atlanta as Educator of the Year, and no one deserved this award more than Ms. Brantley. Her entire family of devoted educators is an inspiration to us all.
JP Founder and President Janie Feinberg was particularly saddened by the news, and had this to share: “Debra Brantley was one of the most dedicated educators JP Associates has ever had the pleasure to partner with. The greatest gift of all was that when JP had the honor of working with Ms. Brantley, we knew children’s needs ALWAYS came first! What a tremendous loss for all of those who knew her and had the pleasure of working with her. Our thoughts are prayers go out to her wonderful family.”
Click HERE for a link to her obituary.