Jackie received her BA in English from Southwest Missouri State University in 1969, her Teacher Credential from San Francisco State University in 1973, and her Masters in Education from University of North Carolina in Charlotte in 1976. Jackie brings over thirty years of teaching experience in both independent and public secondary schools. She has received numerous awards for her teaching including Charlotte Latin’s Rutherford Humanitarian Award and the Time Warner Cable Star Teacher Award. The daughter of a Holocaust survivor, Jackie has dedicated her career to addressing issues of inclusion, ethical decision-making and participatory democracy. She played a key role in the coordination of the community-wide Violins of Hope event led by UNC-Charlotte, including the co-writing and editing of a comprehensive curriculum guide for area teachers. Jackie has studied with Facing History and Ourselves, an internationally recognized leader in Holocaust and Human Rights education. For the past twenty five years, she has facilitated many local educator workshops.
When Jackie is not working, she enjoys spending time with her adult children, traveling and reading.