Jacqui B. Phillips, Montgomery County teacher

Jacqui B. Phillips
Montgomery County teacher

Jacqui B. Phillips, 48, an English teacher at Wheaton High School in Silver Spring, died March 19 at Montgomery Hospice’s Casey House in Rockville.

The cause was breast cancer, said her husband, Gerard Phillips.

Mrs. Phillips, a Gaithersburg resident, began teaching at Wheaton High School in the early 2000s and at one time was the faculty adviser for the school’s yearbook. Earlier in her career, she taught at the private Chelsea School in Silver Spring and was a student teacher at Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville.

Jacqueline Liza Jo Barrón was born in Glendale, Calif., and grew up in Kensington. She was a 1982 graduate of the old Charles W. Woodward High School in Rockville. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Towson University in 2003 and a master’s degree in education from Johns Hopkins University in 2009.

This year, she was voted “most inspirational teacher” by Wheaton High students, her husband said.

A stepson, Justin Phillips, died in 2000. Survivors include her husband of 14 years, Gerard Phillips of Gaithersburg; her parents, Dr. Pepe Barrón and Cecilia Barrón of Tucson; a stepdaughter, Brittany Phillips of Shreveport, La.; a sister, Cece Morse of Portland, Maine; a brother, Eric Barrón of Chevy Chase; and a granddaughter.

— Megan McDonough