Teachers may be nominated and recommended by their individual school districts, fellow educators, or former students. The nomination packets should address the nominee’s impact on students and young people in Kentucky. Page limitations are strictly adhered to by the selection committee.
Jessie Pearl Comer Jackson
Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame Inductee, 2009
A native of Gamaliel, Jackson spent 39½ years teaching in the Monroe County schools.
She began her career in the 1930s at one-teacher and two-teacher schools at Rocky Point, Crowe, Avondale, and Sugar Grove. From 1941 to 1973, she taught at Gamaliel Elementary with the majority of time in second grade. Failure was not an option in Mrs. Jackson’s classes.
She received her teaching certification in 1930 at age 18 from Western Kentucky Teacher’s College, received her life teaching certificate in 1936, and her bachelor’s degree in 1956 from WKU.
“I was blessed to be a teacher, to teach the young children cause I loved them so and they loved me,” Jackson said after the ceremony.
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