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Michael A. Jackson

Title: Career and Technical Education Teacher
Company: River Valley High School
Location: Mohave Valley, Arizona, United States

Michael Jackson, Career and Technical Education Teacher at River Valley High School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in occupational education.

After obtaining an Associate of Arts in 1981 from Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen, Washington, Mr. Jackson followed with a Bachelor of Arts in education in 1985 from Idaho State University in Pocatello. He has prospered as an educator for over three decades, beginning as a science teacher and wrestling coach from 1985 to 1991 with the Kenai Peninsula School District and as a teacher and coach with the Pocatello School District #25 from 1991 to 2003.

Since 2003 with River Valley High School in the Colorado River Union High School District in Arizona, Mr. Jackson has excelled as a career and technical education (CTE) teacher, instructing in a program of study that involves a multiyear sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers. His areas of expertise have included social studies, construction, welding, manufacturing, tele-energy, transportation, digital photography, graphic design, computer-aided drafting, United States history and world geography.

Mr. Jackson’s numerous honors include Trade and Industry Lifetime Achievement Teacher of the Year   Award for Industrial Technology from the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), Community Achievement Awards Teacher of the Year, Arizona State Advisor of the Year for SkillsUSA and the Presidential Volunteer Service Lifetime Community Service Award.

Mr. Jackson’s work ethic came from his father, who worked for the Alaska Rand natural gas lines during the summer and in plumbing and heating in the winter, with which he assisted his father. As a career highlight, he is very pleased to have helped River Valley High School win state titles at the SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards. He led the students to victory after familiarizing himself with the rules and preparing the students for a year. They subsequently competed at the national level and placed last, but recovered after three years and produced top three medalists in the last four consecutive years as well as top eight medalists for eight years in a row.

While considering retirement within a year, Mr. Jackson is considering helping to found an academy that would provide STEM or STEAM education.

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