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East Texas teacher dies in morning wreck

East Texas teacher dies in morning wreck

JACKSONVILLE, TX (KLTV) - Another East Texas school is dealing with the loss of one of their own.

Jacksonville High School is remembering a teacher who died in a motorcycle crash Friday morning.

Officials say it happened just before 7 at the intersection of Highway 135 and County Road 251 near Arp.

School administrators say Jo Meredith was a third year teacher at Jacksonville High School. She taught health-science to more than a hundred students each day, and was very passionate about her work.

Those who knew Meredith, say she will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

It was a somber morning at Jacksonville High School. As students and faculty arrived to learn that Jo Meredith, a beloved teacher, and Jacksonville High School graduate, would not be returning to campus.

"One of the things that makes her stand out the most is that students loved coming to her class.. it's a hands on class and the students were actively involved and the interactions she had and the opportunities that would provide them," said Jacksonville High School Principal Tammy Jones.

Meredith, a health-science teacher, taught certification classes, enabling her students to get jobs in the health industry immediately following graduation

"Jo Meredith was a wonderful person. She was bubbly, vivacious, she loved teaching at Jacksonville HS, she was very passionate about our CNA program and our health-science program and the opportunities that would provide our students that participated in the program," Jones said.

Officials say Meredith was on her way to school Friday morning when she collided with an oil rig truck making a u-turn on the highway.

They say she was thrown from the motorcycle as it went underneath the trailer.

The district plans to honor Meredith at Friday's football game.

In a moment of silence before kick-off, a broken-hearted campus will remember the woman who has touched so many of their lives.

"We care about her and want to make sure that the family understands that we care," said JISD Superintendent Joe Wardell.

Caring for a fellow Indian who for years has been part of the JISD family, too.

DPS says Meredith was wearing a helmet.

Trooper Jean Dark says the driver has not been cited, but charges have not been ruled out.

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