Longtime Cobb educator battling breast cancer

The community is coming to the aid of a Cobb County education advocate who is spending the summer battling breast cancer.

Connie Jackson, president of the Cobb County Association of Educators, is recovering from surgery she had on June 10, according to a GoFundMe page she created to raise money for medical bills her insurance may not cover.

“If you know me, you know I am determined (some might say stubborn), strong-willed, and fiercely independent,” Jackson said. “This journey has already started teaching me lessons about acceptance, letting others help me, and remembering that too much pride is a bad thing.”

Jackson is hoping to raise $8,000 to help pay for costs related to her surgery and treatment. As of Wednesday, donors have contributed about $5,200.

News of Jackson's health was on the minds of the district and Cobb County School Board members who expressed their well wishes at their June 20 meeting.

“We wish her the best, and we’ll keep her in our thoughts and prayers as well,” said Superintendent Chris Ragsdale.

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The Cobb County Association of Educators is a nonprofit advocacy organization that monitors issues affecting teachers in the Cobb and Marietta City School systems.

Before she became president of the association, Jackson taught Cobb County special education students for several years.

According to Jackson’s GoFundMe, the teacher said doctors have told her it will take her at least five to six weeks before she could return to work, but she said she hopes “to surprise them and do it better.”

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