Jen, a longtime Paramus resident, taught in the same grade and same classroom in East Brook Middle School for 20 years — her entire teaching career. Jen truly loved teaching. She was so committed to her students that she hardly ever left her fifth-grade classroom, except to come and go for the day.
Former students frequently stopped by to visit. “Ms. Williamson was a soft spoken, sweet, and gentle soul who showed kindness to everyone she met. She made every student feel loved and understood,” said a former student, a sentiment echoed by almost everyone that ever had the good fortune of getting to know Jen.
Williamson had the ability to create a sense of curiosity and love of learning in every student she taught. She also helped them to dream big and believe that they could become whatever they wanted to be. As an educator, this is the greatest gift a teacher could give her students. Sadly, she lost her life in a tragic bus accident during a class field trip.