About Dr. Jackson
Dr. Melissa Jackson has 19 years of experience in education and 2 years of experience in the corporate EdTech field. She began her educational career as a paraprofessional at the age of 17. After serving as a middle school English Language Arts teacher for 13 years, she served as a district Instructional Technology Coordinator, a Technology Director, and a district Gifted Coordinator She also served as the Director of Innovation creating an Instructional Technology division for a small business. She is excited to be returning to her passion and serving students and teachers in K12 education.
Dr. Jackson earned her undergraduate degree from Mercer University. She received her M.Ed from Troy State University in Educational Leadership and Administration, her Ed.S from Lincoln Memorial University in Educational Administration and Supervision, and her Ed.D from Capella University in Educational Leadership and Management.
Dr. Jackson has been honored with many distinctions and had the pleasure of speaking at many venues throughout her career. Her honors and speaking engagements include Curriculum Developer & Author, 2018: Cultivating Collaboration: A Curriculum to Enhance Professional Learning For Educators Through Feedback; IMS Global Learning Impact Award 2014, Gold Recipient; Spotlighted in July 2014 Covington News, "Keeping Up With the Times"; Teacher of the Year 2008, Cousins Middle School; Spotlighted in Fall 2015 Scholastic Administrator: "Big Brother or Big Savior?". Speaking engagements include: Tech & Learning Live, 2013 - 2016; GaDOE Data Conference; Newton County Innovation Tour 2014 - 2016; FETC 2015; WEST GA RESA STEM 2012 - 2015; GSSA Fall Bootstrap 2015; GaETC 2013 - 2015; Utah DOE Superintendent Meeting 2015; COSN 2015; SXSW EDU 2014; LightSpeed User Conference 2014.
Dr. Jackson has a passion for seeing the potential in others. She has worked with students and teachers in a variety of areas including student and teacher leadership, and the design and integration of instructional technology, professional learning, and curriculum development. She has worked with a number of school districts throughout the southeast in which she has assisted in creating effective leadership teams, embedding innovative technology tools into daily curriculum, creating powerful professional learning opportunities, creating teacher and student leaders, and ensuring successful implementation of a variety of technology and curriculum learning tools.