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Remembering Beloved Teacher Billie Brooks

In Loving Memory of Fairfield Prep Teacher Billie Brooks

It is with much love and gratitude that we mourn the passing of Billie Noel Brooks, of Shelton, Conn., on December 31, 2023. Billie was a beloved foreign language teacher at Fairfield Prep from 1972 to her retirement in 2016. Born on September 30, 1948, in Bridgeport, Conn., to Richard and Helen Brooks, Billie was admired very much by her extended family and the countless people that knew her as a teacher at Prep.

After earning her bachelor's and master's degrees in education from the Southern CT State College in 1972, Billie embarked on a 44-year teaching career at Fairfield Prep. Initially she taught both German and Spanish, but later in her career, taught exclusively Spanish. She would eventually serve as the chair of the World Language Department.

When people think of Billie, the phrase "unsung hero" is the first thing that comes to mind. A quote from Connie Carrington, one of Billie's teaching associates, perfectly describes Billie's humble and serving nature. It was written in honor of Billie receiving the Fairfield Prep Ignatian Educator of the Year award, "She has been doing so many things for so many people for so long. She doesn't expect any gratitude because this is how she has always lived her life. She is the same caring, thoughtful, kind person in her church community that she is in the Prep community. She is just as loving to her family as she is to her students." Another quote from Rev. John Hanwell, S.J., then president of Fairfield Prep, at her retirement in 2016, is even more meaningful now, "It is so hard to imagine a world without Billie. Her impact on the Prep Family was singular. She was the model of what we would all wish to be as Jesuit educators."

Billie receiving the Ignatian Educator of the Year Awards in 2012. Standing to her left is former President Rev. Jack Hanwell, S.J.

There is one other trait that Billie was well-known for, and that was her dry and subtle sense of humor, which she was always ready to share, even to her final words in this life.

Billie is survived by her three sisters, Beth, Phyllis, and Bonnie. In addition, she is survived by many nieces and nephews who cherished her and fondly remember that "Aunt Billie" was always the first to send birthday, anniversary, and thank you cards. She also leaves several lifelong friends, including Patty Rose and Shirley Wakins, along with many faculty associates from Fairfield Prep. Most importantly, are the generations of students that she taught and placed as the priority in her life.

Finally, the family recognizes and thanks the amazing staff at the Yale-New Haven Hospital during Billie's final days and hours, particularly her nurse, Liz, who provided comfort to Billie when she needed it most.

A memorial service to honor Billie's life will be held on Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m., at the Christ Episcopal Church in Stratford. The service will be followed by a celebration of Billie's life in the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either: Fairfield Prep Fund, In Memory of Billie Brooks, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824; or, Godly Play (children's education) program in memory of Billie Brooks, Christ Episcopal Church, 2000 Main St., Stratford, CT 06615.

See Obituary for Billie Brooks.

Enjoy Billie Brooks' Speech to Senior Parents as 2012 Teacher of the Year. See below!

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