The good news keeps on coming for Sylvan Hill Middle School teacher Mahoganey Jackson.
In October, she was named the 2017-2018 Atlanta Public Schools Teacher of the Year. Then on Tuesday, Jackson was named the College Football Playoff Teacher of the Month, which comes with a $1,000 prize to help with classroom initiatives.
When Dan Corso, executive director of the Atlanta Sports Council, interrupted – albeit briefly – Jackson’s lesson on the Civil War to present the award to her, there were no shrieks of surprise or tears of joy. Jackson flashed a bright smile, thanked and hugged Corso, and went right back to work, helping her students break down the lyrics of a song sung in battle by the Union Army. It was a quintessential display of Jackson’s passion for teaching and serving her students.
“I knew I wanted to be a teacher in middle school,” said Jackson, an APS alum who attended Price Middle School. She will be featured on an upcoming broadcast of WSB-TV’s “People 2 People.”
“School was like a refuge and a safe place for me, coming from a disadvantaged neighborhood,” Jackson said. “My teachers looked out for me and encouraged me, and that inspired me to be a teacher. That’s where my passion for teaching comes from.”