Mickey Jackson Memorial Teacher Grants Fund

“Mickey” Michael Robert Jackson was born July 7, 1939 in Kewanee, to Mary and Norman Jackson. Mickey enjoyed a wonderful childhood and made friends that lasted his lifetime. He began his undergraduate work at Western Illinois University and transferred in his sophomore year to the University of Tampa. After graduation, he enrolled at Illinois State University to earn his teaching credentials. His first teaching position was at Macintosh Middle School in Sarasota, Florida. Thus began a decades-long career that was enhanced by his enjoyment in knowing his students.

He met Evelyn Weichert on a blind date in 1964 and they were married in August 1965. They later moved to Baltimore where Mickey taught at Milford Mill High School, coached tennis and debate, and earned a masters degree from Towson State College. Mickey earned his doctorate from the University of Florida and accepted a faculty position at SIU in the College of Education in 1971.

Mickey loved regaling his students, friends and family with stories, being regaled with stories, and using the word regaled. He enjoyed college sports, quality time with his family, Jeopardy, and cottage cheese (not necessarily in that order).

Mickey is survived by his wife of 53 years, Evelyn; his daughter Kerri, son-in-law Brian and granddaughter Annabelle of Bloomington, Illinois; and his son Andy, daughter-in-law Mira, and grandchildren Theo and Simone of Peaks Island, Maine.

Granting Guidelines

This fund has been established to provide grants to teachers in Murphysboro School District 186.  Teachers will be provided opportunities to apply for grants to support projects and needs that are not part of the normal operating budget. 

Approved grants will be paid to Murphysboro District 186 Education Foundation for distribution to the grantees.


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