SPS mourns the loss of teacher

Published 9:50 pm Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Suffolk Public Schools is mourning the loss of Oakland Elementary School art teacher Jodie Linkous.

Linkous, 43, was pronounced dead at Southside Regional Medical Center Sunday morning after a head-on collision in Prince George County.

“Staff and parents were notified about Mrs. Linkous on Monday. Counselors will be available at the school to provide support to the staff and students when they return to school,” spokeswoman Bethanne Bradshaw stated in an email.

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Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced, but an online team, “The Jodie Linkous Memorial Oakland Elementary School,” will be up and running to accept contributions to the March of Dimes in lieu of flowers, according to Bradshaw.

Oakland Elementary School Principal Temesha Dabney released a statement regarding the death of Linkous.

“Mrs. Linkous began her teaching career in 1998 at Oakland Elementary School, where she taught art. One way she demonstrated her dedication to our students, school and community was her daily 1.5-hour commute from Disputanta. Her creativity and love for art extended well beyond the classroom,” Dabney said in a statement. “A small sampling of some of her passions included March of Dimes, Talented Art, Odyssey of the Mind, stage designs for Oakland Elementary’s Dinner Theater, PTA Teacher Liaison and a host of other professional organizations. Though Mrs. Linkous will be deeply missed by all the children and people whose lives she has touched, she will never be forgotten. Once a Brave, always a Brave.”