Top Teacher: Dayton Public Schools teacher says, ’Don’t give up’

Name: Jill A. Jackson

School District: Dayton Public Schools

Grade you teach: 4th – 6th Self Contained

What is your favorite subject? STEAM or Language Arts

What/Who inspired you to become a teacher? Mr. Gallo (my favorite teacher at Jefferson Township schools) or my Dad who always wanted to be a teacher but became a postal worker so he could support his family.

What do you enjoy most about teaching? I love watching the light bulb go off when my students (finally) get a concept or when they are engaged and enjoying the learning/discovery process.

What is a memorable experience you’ve had while teaching? I love the AHA moments when Brooke finally understood the double ups of multiplication that 11x2 = 22 you just double up the number and she was so excited!

How have you maneuvered online classes and distance learning? Oh my goodness! It has been a challenge but actually the covid-19 drama was a blessing because my daughter became my tutor and honestly she was much more patient than most of my instructors and she is a gen x’er so it’s her native language and I’m her Mom and I pay her tuition to IWU. LOL, not!

How can families adapt to be successful during these challenging educational times? Like my Dad always said “YOU might give in but you Never Give UP?! or Rest if you must but Never Quit! He was a Navy man.

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