After finding out about her nomination a year ago, 2nd grade teacher Jazmine Jackson discovered this month that she was officially named one of Temple University’s 30 Under 30. “Brash. Bold. Building a future for all of us that’s brighter than ever,” is how Temple University describes the 2020 cohort. The 30 Under 30 award program celebrates alums whose visions and life’s work make a positive impact in their communities. For Jazmine, this work begins in the classroom.
Choosing to teach at Lowell, for Jazmine, was a no-brainer. With a dedication to social justice and equity work, she knew that Lowell’s community would help her strengthen her passions. “By acknowledging social justice and DEI work as an essential part of our school’s mission Lowell has given me a platform to take risks, explore, and discover new ways of thinking and teaching,” she says. She considers many of her colleagues as equally passionate and experienced, which is essential to supporting difficult conversations vital to both professional and personal growth when working in DEI.
Since her first year, Jazmine has proved to be a leader at Lowell, participating in SEED workshops, attending the NAIS’ People of Color Conference, and sitting on the school’s diversity committee. This leadership has led her to serve as a DEI coordinator alongside Michelle Belton, director of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and fellow teachers April Green, Coleman Rose, and Ana Ardon. For Jazmine, this opportunity “has sent the message that Lowell believes in me and my ability as an educator and pushed me to continue thinking of new ways to keep moving us forward.”
Today, Jazmine brings her vision into Lowell’s work on the Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism, which measures the school’s progress towards its DEI goals and identifies areas of growth to inform Lowell's upcoming strategic plan. Also critical to her success, Jazmine credits Lowell with allowing her to be her authentic self, acknowledging “there is truly no place like Lowell.”
Lowell School is a private PK-8th grade school located in NW Washington, DC. At Lowell students gain the knowledge, skills, and social-emotional literacy to be the bold leaders and creative problem solvers our world needs.