Amanda Jackson, a native Texan, has a A.A.S. from Austin Community College, a B.A. from Concordia University at Austin, a M.Ed. in Counseling from UNT, and is working on a Ph.D. in Higher Education from UNT where she is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the College of Education. She also teaches with BYU-Idaho in the Department of Home and Family Studies. Prior to these positions, Mrs. Jackson taught at a Title 1 high school (where she was honored as Teacher of the Month), and was an adjunct faculty member with Eastfield College where she taught ESL and GED courses. She is a former counselor with LDS Family Services and Dallas Metrocare, and has worked for AVID (Central Region), Austin Police Department, and as an independent contractor with Texas Child Protective Services.
Mrs. Jackson’s devotion to serving children and families extends past her employment experience and includes volunteer service for over ten years as a youth and women’s religious instructor at her church. She also coaches youth sports with the Plano YMCA, prepares meals for Hope’s Door, and serves on Plano I.S.D.’s Special Education Parent Advisory Committee. Mrs. Jackson has been a member of Mathews Elementary PTA Board and School Based Improvement Committee, taught Junior Achievement, was a classroom and grade-level volunteer, and is a member of Mathews Elementary and Schimelpfenig Middle School PTAs. She also served with other state and local leaders at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board regarding implementation of policy changes related to students with intellectual disability.