Fatally stabbed last month, MU-grad Jennifer Lee Wilson co-edited a Mizzou literacy journalCOLUMBIA, 9/22/11 (Beat Byte) -- Friends remember St. Louis native and Mizzou graduate Jennifer Lee Wilson, Ph.D. as "a dynamic educator who wanted children to love reading," say reports about her August 28 murder allegedly at the hands of a 37-year-old boyfriend.The co-editor of a University of Missouri, Columbia College of Education journal called "Talking Points," Wilson was an attractive, vibrant 36-year-old assistant professor of literacy at the University of South Carolina. She was found stabbed to death at her duplex in Columbia, S.C.
Wilson -- who graduated from St. Louis-area schools and whose parents live in Owensville, Mo. -- received a doctorate in literacy from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 2004. Until her death, she co-edited Talking Points, a Mizzou literacy journal, with Carol Gilles, an associate professor in the University of Missouri College of Education who was Wilson's doctoral adviser. A Fulbright scholar who taught children in Tanzania, Wilson was considered a "bright light" in the field of children's literacy."Jennifer was an amazingly bright and energetic teacher," Gilles told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "She was one of those bright stars who kept going and going. This is a great loss for all of us."Neighbors reported hearing a woman scream "No! No!" around 2 a.m. the morning of Wilson's murder. Officers at first found nothing around her duplex. But after another call, they returned and found Wilson's body. They arrested Wilson's boyfriend, Hank Eric Hawes, the same day.Gilles said the two spoke frequently, but she never knew about any boyfriends. "We were talking the other day and she said, 'I'm redoing one of my classes. It looks good, but I want to make it better,'" Gilles told the Post-Dispatch. "She was a very student-centered kind of person."Wilson's department chair, Gloria Boutte, agreed. "She was an excellent teacher who was intelligent and approachable, and fired by a love of reading," Boutte told reporters. "She wanted children to love books."RELATED:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2031842/Jennifer-Lee-Wilson-Friends-Fulbright-scholar-stabbed-death-ex-boyfriend-speak-out.html