My name is Carol Jackson, and I will be teaching sixth grade history this year. History was by far my least favorite subject when I was in school, due in part to the fact that I never had an inspiring history teacher. I promised myself that I was going to become the teacher I always wanted in school. I now find history to be fascinating! I have developed this love of history by teaching history to fifth and sixth graders for many years here at Lincoln Academy, by visiting historical sites, and by attending history seminars for teachers all over the country during my summer vacations. I love people, and I’ve come to realize that history is all about people and their stories, and that each one of us is a part of history.
I feel very fortunate to have been able to travel extensively throughout the United States, as well as to many different countries in the world. This love of traveling has deepened my interest in the lives of people, both past and present. I spent this summer in Israel, Turkey, and Germany, and I was also able to attend a teacher seminar in Pennsylvania that taught me about the music of the early Reformation churches.
I graduated from BYU with a composite degree in secondary education and biology, and I have taught at the preschool, elementary, junior high, and high school levels. My husband and I have seven children and seven grandchildren. Besides teaching, I love traveling, playing music, biking, reading, and working with my hands.
I expect my students to commit themselves to the learning process by staying on task, by doing their best work, and by showing respect to everyone. My goal is to foster a positive, challenging environment in the classroom, where students find learning to be both exciting and fulfilling.
Students learn in many different ways, and my approach to teaching is to provide my class with experiences that are memorable. These experiences may be in the form of auditory, visual, or kinesthetic activities. When students make an emotional connection to the subject matter, they will retain it for a very long time—maybe even for a lifetime. I am excited for this upcoming adventure as I teach all four sixth grade classes about our world and its history.