Ms. Nicole Jackson
“There truly is something special happening at Potomac."
These are the words that I kept saying from the moment I walked onto Potomac’s campus. I am still in awe of the community of lifelong learners that I have the pleasure to work with everyday, which includes not only the students but also the faculty and staff.
I was born and raised in Richmond, VA, and moved to Stafford, VA, just before starting high school. Fun fact: I went to high school with another teacher at Potomac, can you guess which one? I graduated from Spelman College with a degree in economics in 2007. I began my career in sales and trading, working as a commodity merchandiser on the soy desk of Archer Daniels Midland in Lincoln, NE. While I prided myself on being able to literally sell soybeans to soybean farmers, I knew there had to be more to life than the thrill of the sale. After talking with Spelman sisters who had transitioned from corporate into the classroom, I joined Teach for America as a Los Angeles Corps member in 2010. I began my career in education teaching Head Start to children from Inglewood and South Central. I then became the site supervisor and lead pre-kindergarten teacher at La Guarderia in Boyle Heights, supporting children of former gang members and recently released felons.
During this time, I was the only educator appointed to the Boyle Heights Promise Neighborhood Early Childhood Education Work Group, where I formulated policy recommendations to create a birth to college pipeline. In 2012, I also earned my master’s in early childhood education from Loyola Marymount University. In 2015, I moved back to northern Virginia and taught children in Ward 8 at DC Prep and later at BASIS McLean.
I am thrilled to work at Potomac. I had the pleasure of serving as a librarian during Summer @ Potomac and had the time of my life doing what I love most, reading to kids! When I am not teaching or lesson planning, I am fishing with my dad, watching movies with my mom, baking and trying new recipes, either watching Game of Thrones or waiting anxiously for the new season to start, and annually trying to talk myself into getting a puppy - still hasn’t happened yet, but maybe next year.