|Birth: ||Jun. 15, 1926|
|Death: ||May 31, 2012|
CHARLOTTE - Jeanette Andrew, poet, teacher, artist and avid fly fisherman, died at home on May 31, 2012.
Her daughter, Meigra, was with her when she died. Born on June 15, 1926, in Portland, Maine, Jeanette was one of six children, raised by Laurence Clyde Andrew and Helen (Richardson) Andrew.
She was predeceased by Ginny Clarke, her longtime companion.
She leaves her younger sister, Helen Woodbury, of Gorham, Maine; her daughter, Meigra Sweeney Simon; and her grandson, Boye Simon, age 18, of Portland, Oregon. Jeanette graduated from Smith College in 1948.
She began her teaching career in New York City at the Spence School, and subsequently, The Brearley School. In 1954, she was awarded her Master's of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa, having attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop; as a promising young writer she was awarded a fellowship to the Yaddo Artists' Colony at Saratoga, N.Y., in that same year. A gifted young teacher, Jeanette was recruited to come to Vermont in 1958 to serve as head of the small, newly formed Overlake Day School in Burlington. As the head of this alternative private school, her visionary ideas about how children learn and how teachers can best teach took flight. The artful integration of arts and letters into the K-8 curriculum prefigured later trends in enlightened school reform. Jeanette shaped the school and its students from 1958 to 1963. From 1965 to 1975, Jeanette taught English and Creative Writing at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, where her distinctive style and skillful teaching of the writing craft inspired hundreds of students to excel. True to her credo of progressive education, she developed the Do Unto Others program at CVU. At South Burlington High School, in the '80s and '90s, her innovations from the original DUO program helped hundreds of students find mentors from the surrounding communities with whom to explore vocation and avocation in profound ways. Over her life, Jeanette wrote a wide variety of manuscripts and volumes of poetry. She honored the community with many readings of her work. Her passion was fly fishing - wading streams throughout New England and the UK. Cast wide, poetry fed Jeanette's soul.
A memorial celebration is planned for the end of July in East Charlotte. "What will the last poem be, she thought as though a whisper of things to come Something she wanted to say but forgot.
The most important, the least remembered; like breath or the pause before speaking." - J.A. 7/88
Published in The Burlington Free Press on June 4, 2012
Jeanette Andrew, who died May 31, 2012, will be remembered and celebrated on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 3 pm at her home: 985 Bingham Brook Road in Charlotte. RSVP 425-2317
Published in the Burlington Free Press, July 20, 2012.
Created by: Barb Destromp
Record added: Jun 04, 2012
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