- Class of 2019
- Program Curriculum and Instruction
Jacki teaches STEM at Gilmor Elementary School in West Baltimore City. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in special education from Loyola in 2014. Motivated by her ultimate goal to obtain a doctorate in urban education studies, Jacki was inspired to return to Loyola for her master’s because of the emphasis on social justice and the School of Education’s focus on urban education. “Being able to research and apply urban pedagogy from my graduate classes is validating that this is the work I was meant to do,” she says. The Jesuit value of cura personalis is something she tries to apply in her own classroom and to teach her students. The aspect of her program that Jacki has enjoyed most is the challenge to think outside of the norm and the support from the professors, who truly care about the students as educators themselves. After she completes her degree, she will continue teaching in the Baltimore City Public School System and plans to stay involved and connected with her program. “I hope to continue to better my teaching and leadership practice with Loyola as a member of the Curriculum & Instruction Social Justice advisory board.”
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Coming from a Jesuit institution has allowed me to see that what really matters is how we care for others. The Jesuit values inspired me to be an advocate for my students.