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Patrice Dawkins-Jackson
2014 Classroom Fellow
Sandy Springs, GA

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Bio/Overview: Dawkins-Jackson is an Administrative Assistant and Assistant Principal candidate in the Fulton County School System. In her role as an Administrative Assistant, she is developing an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning for an elementary school. As a 2012 and 2014 Classroom Teaching Ambassador Fellow, she focused her work on recruitment and support of teachers of color in partnership with, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans and others at ED.  Her passion for teacher leadership was ignited when she worked on Teach to Lead (hyperlink In middle and high school, Dawkins-Jackson had an intense interest in engineering, but felt that empowering children through education would be far more rewarding. Impacted by the energy, passion, and creativity of numerous teachers, she strives to honor their commitment to her education by fostering a nurturing community of learners in her own class. Her experiences have evolved since her experience as a Teaching Ambassador Fellow. She has a zeal for uplifting the teaching profession, leadership and empowering others to embody that someone is waiting on who they are becoming. Dawkins-Jackson believes that the greatest reward is having the ability to teach and learn by example and influence.

Educational Philosophy: In addition to her passion for gifted education, Dawkins-Jackson has developed a commitment to teacher leadership, cultivating positive cultures in school communities, design thinking and the culmination of these strategies for our youngest learners. Dawkins-Jackson wholeheartedly believes that if you ingrain the belief that you can do anything into an impressionable young mind that the return will be invaluable. She demonstrates her belief that learning is a reciprocal process and a shared experience. She desires for her students to know that she values their capacity to teach her as much as she teaches them. As an educator, Dawkins-Jackson models embracing mistakes and creating a climate where risks are celebrated. Adopting the attitude that optimal success is possible for all in the school community no matter what circumstances surround them is crucial to life-long learning; that is why Dawkins-Jackson works relentlessly to provide meaningful experiences for her students and peers.

Achievements: As a 2012 and 2014Teaching Ambassador Fellow, which she describes as the “Ultimate Professional Development,” Dawkins-Jackson convened numerous multi-stakeholder roundtables meetings with teachers and community members across the Southeast, including her native Georgia; supported Teach to Lead Summits and Leadership Labs, facilitated a State Teach to Lead Convening and the inaugural National Summit on Teacher Diversity, presented at the National Association for Gifted Children Conference and was a participant in the Transforming Teaching Design Convening at Harvard University; used social networking to learn, share, and increase discussion; and served as a reviewer for several federal and state education grant programs. Prior to this, Dawkins-Jackson was a four time nominee for Teacher of the Year before her colleagues bestowed the honor upon her in 2012. In 2015, she was a nominee for the White house Champions of Change for Young Women Empowering their Communities and was inducted into the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Class of 2016 Emerging Leaders. She initiated several programs by securing grants and spoke with Members of Congress for the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) Hill Day 2012. After her second year of teaching, Dawkins-Jackson successfully reformed the Teacher Induction program at her local school, which served as a model for other school districts. Additionally, she utilized her training in design thinking to facilitate positive change in her school community.

Leadership Experience: Dawkins-Jackson is a national facilitator for the School Reform Initiative, specializing in developing professional learning communities. She is also a reading advisor and presenter for BrainPOP. Her presentation experience began in 2001 while completing her undergraduate work. Dawkins-Jackson has presented at 9 national, 2 regional, and 9 local conferences on such topics as professional learning communities, professional development, action research, educational technologies, and teacher preparation. Currently, she serves in various leadership capacities including serving as a board member for the Sandy Springs Education Force, Atlanta Regional Competitiveness Educated Sub-Committee, Center for Great Teachers and Leaders Practitioner Advisory Group and provides consultation for organizations concerning education.

Affiliations: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Pi Lambda Theta International Honors Society for Educators, Learning Forward, National Association for Gifted Children, National Science Teachers Association, National Association of Professional Development Schools, National Parent and Teacher Association

Education: Dawkins-Jackson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Central Florida. She went on to receive a Master of Education, also at the University of Central Florida, in Early Childhood Education with specializations in Home-School-Community and Educational Leadership. While completing her post graduate studies, Patrice earned her Florida Childcare Center Director credentials. She holds Teacher Support Specialist and Gifted Endorsements. She earned her Certified Associates in Project Management. Dawkins-Jackson has aspirations of pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies and opening her own school.

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Last Modified: 08/12/2016