Congratulations to Lisa Jackson, our 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year!
In high school, students often take a Career Interest Inventory where you answer a variety of questions about your likes, dislikes and temperament. The survey then matches your answers to good career options. My results were: farmer, teacher and shepherd! Funny how those three are kind of related. But that test simply confirmed what I already knew from a very young age: I wanted to become a teacher.
My father's US Air Force career brought my family to Shaw AFB in 1973. In fact, I am now teaching at my beloved childhood school, Alice Drive Elementary. My love of learning was fostered within these very walls.
Upon graduating from Sumter High School, I headed to Winthrop College, earning my degree in Elementary Education in 1988. After getting married and teaching at Kingsbury Elementary, I spent some time as a stay-home mom when each of the two Jackson children were babies. Those babies are now 20 (Ben is attending college at the University of South Carolina) and 12 (Cameron, 7th grade at ADMiddle) as I am enjoying my 19th year of teaching. I love growing as an educator and recently earned National Board Certification. I enjoy time with friends, family, and our two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, as well as photography, traveling and reading.
Serving as a teacher at ADE is a joy. I -along with my colleagues- love children and have a passion for helping our students develop to their fullest potential. My coworkers are an outstanding group of wonderful people. It is an honor to represent this staff as their Teacher of the Year. As ADE Teacher of the Year, I will serve on Sumter School District’s Teacher Forum. The Forum fosters teacher leadership in our profession and within the community. I am very excited for the chance to collaborate with other teachers, especially in the areas of community outreach and college scholarships for future teachers.