Jackie began her career in education as a high school business teacher with the Little Rock School District (LRSD). She was named Teacher of the Year in 2007 - 2008. As a classroom teacher in LRSD, she served in numerous capacities to include a professional learning community team leader, curriculum trainer, and coordinator for the Arkansas Teachers of Tomorrow program.
As a military spouse she lived in some amazing places! She taught middle school in El Paso, Texas and Wahiawa, Hawaii. In 2014, Jackie began working for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). With assignments as: substitute teacher and special education paraprofessional in Wiesbaden, Germany; Assistant Principal at Antilles Middle School at Fort Buchanan in Puerto Rico; Assistant Principal at Marshall Elementary School at Fort Campbell, Kentucky until March of 2023. In April 2023, she relocated back home to Arkansas and currently works as Dean of Students at North Little Rock Middle School 7th/8th grade campus.
Jackie enlisted in the United States Army Reserve as a senior in high school and served honorably until her retirement in 2009. She is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield and Operation Iraqi Freedom; she retired as a Captain.
Jackie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, a Master’s degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Business Education and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Administration both from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She earned her terminal degree, a PhD. from the "school of hard knocks".
How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.
A native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas she is one of ten children, the proverbial “middle child”. Growing up “in the middle” she always felt like a liaison between her older and younger siblings. She had to respect her older siblings and teach the younger ones; as a result, she learned to master the art of diplomacy, instead of fending for personal interests she always looked for the best method to resolve a conflict, which benefitted everyone.
As a part of her evolution, she has walked on fire with Tony Robbins, fixed her life with Iyanla Vanzant and was a Louise Hay teacher. She employs an empathic approach, is an excellent listener who is ready to bring others out of the silence and give them a voice.
She is married and has two children and five grandchildren. She is an environmental enthusiast and in her spare time, enjoys genealogical researching, reading, watching documentaries, listening to music, traveling, and spending time with family, sorority sisters and friends.