Persistence Leads Lady Jackson to an Educational Achievement

Lady Jackson

Persistence Leads Lady Jackson to an Educational Achievement

Sarah Jackson, who teaches young children at the Jonestown Family Center Montessori School, has committed to actively passing on to students the value of building a reliable support system. 

Persistence Leads Lady Jackson to an Educational Achievement

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Fri May 29, 2020

Lady JacksonSarah Jackson, who teaches young children at the Jonestown Family Center Montessori School, has committed to actively passing on to students the value of building a reliable support system. Jackson, a native of Belen, Mississippi, was especially grateful to have close friends to keep her striding in the face of adversity while on an extraordinary educational journey. The spring graduate can take a sigh of relief after the recent completion of an associate degree in early childhood education.

After accepting the offer to take the lead as director of the Jonestown Family Center Montessori School, Jackson figured she would need to gain the qualifications of a childcare center director. Results from evaluations showed that there was no need for her to continue pursuing an education in childhood development. She already had plenty of experience working with children. However, Jackson found it difficult to turn loose the enrichment in receiving more knowledge of childhood development cold turkey.

“In my heart, I was beginning to love it. I was learning, and I was enjoying it,” said Jackson, who started as a teacher at the Jonestown center.

She often goes by Lady, an endearing name that dates back to birth. Because of hypertension, her mom risked losing either her own life or her daughter’s. Both were fortunate to survive the delivery. Though her dad identified her as Sarah, she still prefers ‘Lady,’ the name her mother initially inked.

Jackson was devastated by the passing of her friend. Two days after her birthday and three days before the start of a new semester at Coahoma, she would learn of her sister’s passing.

“That was a very, very hard time,” she recalled.

Dealing with the loss of two loved ones while earning her degree, she managed to press on to the finish line with the support of instructors, church friends, colleagues, the But God Ministries staff members, her children, and loving husband of 33 years.

Voices of those in her corner continued to utter, ‘You can get through this…Don’t quit.’

“My teachers, Ms. Theresa Taylor and Ms. Amy Landfair, wrapped their arms around me.”

Her instructors encouraged her through the heartbreak, reminding her that she could make it through the program.

“When I didn’t understand, all I had to do was email them and they would break it down for me,” she added.

Having experienced firsthand the beauty of a support system, Jackson makes sure to instill in her students the practice of building a group of supportive resources. Jackson urges them to reach out to others. When she does not know the answer to a child’s question, she presents the opportunity for them to ask another adult.

Lady Jackson“That’s what they’ll take for a long time: ‘You know, Lady didn’t know the answer, but she sure pointed me in the right direction’…That way, they’re doing something, I’m doing something, and we’re involving someone else,” she says. Through this lesson, children learn that it is alright to have to rely on others.

Jackson is passionate about her career field. She aims to make a lasting impression.

The grandparent of a former student recently told her, “You know, that child still says you are his friend.”

Moreover, Jackson is thrilled about being honored for her perseverance and achievement as the College holds its virtual graduation on Saturday, May 30, 2020. She will be graduating with several former students who have attended Coahoma Community College and Coahoma Early College High School, including valedictorian Aniya Johnson.

She is the wife of Aaron Jackson. Together, they have five adult children.

“I don’t know how it feels to walk out of the house without my tote bag and my backpack,” she laughed. “Now, I’m enjoying a new-found freedom again.”