Takiyah Jackson, a National Board-certified counselor at Washington Middle School, was appointed Oct. 11 to serve on the Washington Professional Educator Standards Board. Her term expires June 30, 2014.
The board consists of 12 members appointed by Gov. Christine Gregoire, the majority of whom are practicing educators. Jackson, the only school counselor on the board, will work with other board members as policymakers, program implementers, advocates and advisors for the state’s educational system.
Jackson has been working with students since she was 16 years old, teaching younger students how to be successful in school and sports. Throughout her high school and college years, she continued to mentor younger students about academics and sports.
She was an All-American in high school and continued her basketball career at UCLA on a student scholarship. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2000.
Two years later, she graduated from Seattle Pacific University’s School Counseling program with a master’s degree in education.
While in graduate school, she worked for the Seattle Public Schools as a transition specialist and assessment coordinator. After receiving her master’s degree and counseling certification, she began her counseling career at Washington Middle School.