May 2015 AUSL Teacher Feature: Savannah Jackson

May 2015 AUSL Teacher Feature: Savannah Jackson

Monday, May 18, 2015

Savannah Jackson
1st Grade Teacher
Marquette School of Excellence

What made you decide to become a teacher?
I studied public health in college and after graduating I was an asthma educator in Chicago. I was traveling to schools all over the city and surrounding suburbs and just fell in love with the kids. I decided I should be...

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Creating Excellence through Relationships

Creating Excellence through Relationships

It’s finally the time of the year that I (and every other resident) have been training for: May Turnaround Visits.

The turnaround visits are a lot like the NFL’s rookie orientation practices. We get the opportunity to visit schools that are in the midst of the turnaround process and observe a classroom for two weeks without the pressure of veteran teammates watching. If you&...

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How to Change the World

How to Change the World

I’ve been very fortunate to experience so many professional development (PD) opportunities during my year in the CTR. Normally residents attend a slew of school-based PDs and full-day residency workshops, however, I recently had the unique opportunity to attend Facing History and Ourselves with my fellow Secondary Social Science residents. We spent two full days diving into refle...

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Teachers Make the Best Friends

Teachers Make the Best Friends

I was one of those kids who grew up in the suburbs, but would always say that I lived in Chicago. However, when it came time to start AUSL and actually live in Chicago, I realized that I was much further removed from the city than I had ever imagined. I needed a roommate, but none of my college friends were moving to the big city. Where would I find someone to live with?

I turned to AUS...

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