Family, friends remember Wheatland-Chili teacher

MUMFORD, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - A beloved high school teacher was remembered by hundreds of people during a memorial service Wednesday afternoon.

Jill Skivington Jackett, a teacher at Wheatland-Chili High School, was killed in a hit-and-run crash while she was running near the University of Rochester on Thursday, Nov. 30.

"It's celebrating her life and celebrating how she helped everybody and how she influenced everybody," Amy Nau said.

Skivington Jackett was Nau's son's teacher, running coach, and drama coach at Wheatland-Chili High School. Nau says Skivington Jackett was his role model.

"You're hearing everybody talk about the example that she was to everybody," Nau said. "I heard one person say, 'You know, I feel like I haven't done anything compared to her,' and that's not what she would want. I think she would want her students and everybody to realize that if you're being your very best... that's what counts."

Though there were many tears, there was also laughter and sarcasm. According to Skivington Jackett's family, that's exactly how she would want it.

Family, friends, and students shared what kind of person Skivington Jackett was -- they say she was a coach, a teacher, and a role model. Her family says she had her dolls and dresses, but always would win in a race against the boys.

"We have to carry that with us -- that's how we carry on a memory," Nau said.

It's clear that Skivington Jackett made an unforgettable impression on the Wheatland-Chili community.


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