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DeJunne’ Clark Jackson is an educational professional with over a decade of experience working with children and adolescents. With a wealth of knowledge across several disciplines, DeJunne’ has the diverse experience necessary to address a multitude of concerns surrounding the education of students. From early childhood development to college matriculation, DeJunne’ has been able to serve a multitude of students and families – helping them to become successful in their educational pursuits.
As the mom of two amazing boys, I understand the challenges faced by parents and students navigating the daily demands of school processes. I began to see some difficulty in my own child’s learning process as he began his school journey. I can relate to what it’s like to worry that your child has fallen so far behind in school that you feel completely overwhelmed and to be incredibly exhausted from hours of pointless reteaching at the kitchen table during homework time. After all, I was doing what the school told me to do with him at home. I was a mom trying to help her child…but it didn’t seem to get any better.
But while I struggled to manage things at home I wondered what the school was doing. Surely they were doing something form him at the school, right? Well, none of my child’s grades seemed to reflect that anything effective was being done. And, guys, I was a TEACHER! This wasn’t supposed to happen to a teacher’s kid, huh?!
The more I began to research some things and ask some questions the more I learned. I immersed myself in everything I could about the “who” and the “what” and the “why” of it all. There were things I, as a parent, just wasn’t being told…things I just wasn’t aware of…things I had to discover on my own. In fact, I didn’t even know enough about what was going on as an educator!
Because of my persistence, knowledge base, and relationship with the school, I was able to advocate for appropriate services for my child! It did not (and still does not) come without its challenges but I don’t plan to allow that to stop the pursuit of equality in the school setting.
Now, of course, I just didn’t leave things there. I sought out on a mission to help not only my child but all the other struggling kids in schools. As a school counselor for several years, I facilitated a broken system of “help” for students daily. On any given day during parent-teacher conferences and team meetings, I sat cringing in my seat — frustrated, perplexed, and bewildered. How was it that so many educators were unaware of the school processes and the school’s obligation to provide appropriate education and intervention to its students?
So, here I am! Creating well-informed educational environments conducive for all learners…especially struggling readers.
But I certainly could not do any of this without the immense support from my wonderful husband and advocacy partner!
As an undergraduate student, I had aspirations to become a lawyer. So, in true goal-oriented fashion, I was a Political Science major and being the overachiever I was, I continued with a degree in Sociology as well (really because I wasn’t ready to leave college in under four years — I was having too much fun!). I proudly received Bachelor’s degrees and set out for law school. Well, guess what? Law school didn’t happen.
Oh how things turn out in most unlikely of ways...
Next, in an effort to obtain a career opportunity as a school counselor, I returned to the classroom as a student in an alternative teacher preparation program. Through this avenue, I received a Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration on Early Childhood Education (PreK-3). I taught at all three grade levels, too. I learned so much and had so many amazing experiences. But, apparently, I didn’t learn enough.
Now hopefully after what you’ve read so far, you know that I wasn’t going to accept that as his fate, right? Of course not! I worked with the school (which was amazing) and landed on some compromises on both sides. And with that collaboration, we were able to bring back his self-confidence and learn of his strengths. My kiddo went from virtually a failing student to an honor roll recipient! Oh, and by the way, as soon as the school told me that they had no appropriate services for students with Dyslexia after a certain grade level, I enrolled in a program to learn everything I could from the inside-out. I received a Master of Education in Dyslexia Therapy and have had the opportunity to help other kids discover their potential!!
All of this education has helped me garner a few certifications and affiliations. I’ll just list them: Louisiana Department of Education Teaching Certificate, Level 2; Louisiana Department of Education Ancillary Certificate, Guidance Counselor K-12; Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT), Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA); Associate Therapist, Association of Educational Therapists (AET).
All of this information is simply to let you know that I am PASSIONATE, DEDICATED, EDUCATED, and INVESTED in making a difference in the lives of littles (no matter how “big” they get).
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