Jackie is originally from suburban Philadelphia but has lived in the Washington, DC area for 32 years. After earning her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Reading from Lesley University she spent her first few years teaching third grade in Blackwood, NJ. She left third grade to help the Blackwood School District develop an elementary and middle school program for the Gifted and Talented. She then spent several years implementing and teaching the new program to fourth and fifth graders.
After moving to Washington, DC she taught first grade at Georgetown Day School for six years. While taking time off to raise her two children she stayed actively involved in the educational community by volunteering at their schools, serving on their school’s boards, as a member of the search committee for hiring a new head of school and chairing fund raising events. She began mentoring for the Montgomery County Schools “Wings Program” in 2001, which pairs a mentor with a child exhibiting both Gifted and Talented, and Learning Disabled attributes. She mentored over 30 students in the program.
Jackie formally tutored students in Montgomery County and Washington, DC in reading, writing, study skills and organizational skills. Working with students across the elementary, middle school, high school and college levels, Jackie keeps thinking that she’ll find a favorite age group to work with but that has not happened yet. The variety of students is what makes the job fun and interesting. Jackie is always looking for just the right approach to take with each student so that their time together is productive, positive and enjoyable.