LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Jacqueline Strickling

Position: Professional School Counselor
School: Paradise Valley High School
School District: Paradise Valley Unified School District
City, State: Phoenix, AZ

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Jackie Strickling was nominated by her student, Katie Roberts.

"Jackie is the definition of a LifeChanger," said Roberts. "I had the pleasure of studying under Professor Strickling when earning my Master's Degree in School Counseling from Ottawa University. The amount of experience, knowledge, and understanding that I gained from Jackie's classes was immeasurable. She continually challenged me to expand my views, strive towards excellence, and become the most effective school counselor possible. Her dedication and passion for the profession of school counseling has instilled in me a fierce devotion to continued professional development. She is an excellent example of a person with a growth mindset who values and insists upon self-reflection in order to enact change in the communities that she serves. Any student who walks through Ms. Strickling's door will undoubtedly leave as a more prepared, self-confident individual. Jackie is more than deserving of this nomination."



Comments (62)


Michelle Foster Posted 2 months ago

I have had the pleasure of working with Jackie since she came to Paradise Valley High School. Right away, her efficiency, intelligence and organization were evident in the transformation of our counseling department... all for the better! Having 30+ years as a teacher, I can honestly say that Jackie is a true life-changer because of her tireless devotion to students and staff. She is always fair, positive, motivating and professional, and I appreciate her quick-wit and friendship. I wholeheartedly endorse her for this award.

Shefali Desai Posted 3 months ago

We have been so blessed to have Ms. Strickling as the high school counselor for our daughter and son, and soon one more son. She has been so patient with our plethora of questions always answering them with a smile on her face...even if they were sometimes repetitive. She always made us feel welcome to ask questions and always told us not to hesitate to contact her. She would respond after-hours and on weekends. This has eased so much stress for us as parents and our kids as well. A high school counselor plays an enormous role in the life and future of a high schooler. Her advise for us has always contributed to the success that our kids show. She is able to cater to a variety of different students with different ideals, always knowing the right thing to say. She has truly affected our life in a positive way beyond words...a true example of a Life-Changer.

Sandeep Desai Posted 3 months ago

I have known Jackie Strickling for the past 4 years as my 2 kids' (sooner to be 3 kids') counselor. When our daughter joined PVHS's CREST program Ms. Strickling was not her officially assigned counselor but this did not stop her from helping us and our daughter. In fact, we were so impressed with her knowledge, genuine care for our daughter that we requested if she would be willing to be our daughter's counselor and she happily agreed to take on the extra work. From that day on she has been our go-to for any problems or questions that we or our kids have. This truly shows her dedication to the kids and her desire to do what is in the best interest of the kids. She has truly been a life-changer for our kids and is deserving of this award.

Marcie Rozalsky Posted 3 months ago

As a parent, I'm sure that like me, other parents, have a memory of "that teacher" or "that counselor" that made a positive difference in their life. When my daughter (now a high school junior) is an adult, I have no doubt Jackie Strickling will be "that counselor" my daughter will always remember. Ms. Strickling is the counselor for several hundred students that are in a challenging STEM program within my daughter's high school. This fact alone presents challenges because, in also speaking with other parents of kids in this rigorous program, there is an assumed high expectation of success. Jackie has been influential in lessening my daughter's academic anxieties and has helped her gain self-confidence and assurance that I know she will need to succeed as an adult in today's world. Her guidance is just that—she has not offered "answers," rather Jackie has empowered my daughter to think deeper to find her own answers. Jackie truly believes there is no "silly question," and continues to encourage my daughter to contact her for any need. Jackie is unbelievably responsive—no matter the hour or day of week, she immediately responds to emails and is clear, concise, and is always encouraging. I do believe that Ms. Strickling takes the time to get to know each student as an individual so that she can help them best achieve their own goals. Again as a parent, I would like to mention that Jackie is an invaluable mentor for not just my daughter, but also for me. When my daughter has a question or is feeling overwhelmed by something school-related, I can confidently say to her, "ask Ms. Strickling," and I know without question that Jackie will ease her mind or help guide her towards important decisions.

Chloe Rozalsky Posted 3 months ago

I have had the honor of having Ms. Strickling as my high school counselor for the past two years. From the moment that I first met her, I knew that she was truly a special and outstanding mentor and person. My first encounter with her was when I needed to change my high school schedule, at the beginning of my sophomore year. Even though I am just one of her hundreds of students, Ms. Strickling did not just change my schedule, but she made sure to take time to get to know me as a person and student. Since then, Ms. Strickling has constantly motivated me to continue pursuing my goals. She always responds to any questions and concerns that I have within an exceptionally fast period of time, and provides an immense amount of resources and support to all of her students. Each year, Ms. Strickling touches hundreds of student lives, and leaves a very special mark on each of them. She goes above and beyond what is expected of her as a counselor, and truly works to make the lives of her students better. She is entirely worthy and deserving of the Life-Changer of the Year Award!

Becca Tobin Posted 3 months ago

Jackie would definitely be an amazing pick for the life changer of the year award. I had the chance to be coached by Jackie in club basketball back in my high school days and she was the best mentor on and off the court. Still to this day she remains one of the best and influential people in my life. She not only help me develop as a basketball player but as a person. I remember my first few years of basketball I wasn’t very good and didn’t know much about the game but she was always there to support me, teach me, and give me confidence. I knew she had more confidence in me half the time than I did myself, which made me become the playing I am today. Yes, she was super passionate about basketball but she not only wanted all of us to succeed on the court but off as well. I owe a lot of my success to her. She taught me so many life skill that I still use to this day. I am forever grateful I got to learn so much from Jackie. I can say we have remained friends and she is still someone I look up to and admire. She is someone you could talk to about anything and is willing to do everything in her power to help other around her. She is someone willing to learn and grow just to help others. She always puts others first and looks out for everyone’s best interest. She is so passionate about everything in life and puts her all into whatever task she takes on. She is the perfect role model in our community and would be the perfect candidate for this award!

Alexander Kurz Posted 3 months ago

A teacher is supposed to ensure that a student understands the course material and excels in it; Ms. Stickling ensures that each of her students is placed in the best learning environment and will succeed in high school. With limited school hours in the day, she manages to cater to her best abilities, efforts, and support towards each student. I have been able to form an immeasurable relationship with Ms. Strickling as she gives me encouraging yet realistic and fair advice, is looking out for my best interest, and sponsors the club I started at my school. Whether I pass her in hallways, come into her office, or tell her my struggles, she has an empathetic and encouraging demeanor.

Russell Jurgenson Posted 3 months ago

I had the pleasure to work with Ms. Strickling as a parent of a student at Paradise Valley High School. I have found her to be professional in her dealings with myself, my wife, and my son throughout his high school career. She was a "guide on the side" as our son eventually led his meetings with staff and administration. She showed her knowledge of the IEP/504 process and even encouraged and coached us through the process. She was a great help in showing us how to request accommodations for the ACT/SAT college entrance exams. For her fierce belief in her students, her professionalism, and her knowledge of her field, Ms. Strickling is well qualified and deserving of this nomination and award.

James Lee Posted 3 months ago

Jackie Strickling works tirelessly for her students. I have received numerous testimonials over the years describing the level of care she provides students and the incredible efforts she makes on their behalf. She has been recognized at district governing board meetings for her contributions to the success of her students, and we are honored to have her in PVSchools! James P. Lee, Ed.D., Superintendent

Braden Weissman Posted 3 months ago

Ms. Strickling is, with no question, one of the most motivating people I have ever gotten the opportunity to know. Over the course of my high school career (I am a senior now) Ms Strickling has become more then a counselor, she is a mentor, a guide, and a friend, and I know for a fact that this is the kind of relationship she builds with every student she comes in contact with. She has work ethic unlike anyone I have ever met, not to mention being the only 24/7 on call high school counselor to ever exist. I have walked in to Ms. Strickling office time after time whether it be with a campus issue, necessary schedule chance, or just looking for a conversation and she never fails to not only go above an beyond for me as a counselor, but also motivate an inspire me as a mentor. As I move on to my next chapter in college, I will have Ms. Strickling to thank for helping me get there and I will be the first to come back and visit. Not only should Ms. Strickling be the crowned the Life-changer of the year, the award should be named after her, I have net met someone more worthy.

Karen Hudson Ed.D Posted 3 months ago

Both my Twice Exceptional students, parents and I have had the good fortune to work with Jackie. She amazingly "wears many hats," all at one time to meet with our students and parents as they transition from 8th grade to high school. I have received numerous emails from parents about the help and support she has provided during their high school years. As a fellow professional who serves on a teachers Board, I have found Jackie to be a valuable asset with her experience and ability to understand and relate to a variety of educational situations. She has given numerous hours toward working with a variety of groups to find solutions and highly deserving of this nomination and award.

Sydney Wiese Posted 3 months ago

When I was a kid, I met Jackie at my dad's high school basketball practice. He was the head coach at Horizon High School, and Jackie was in the process of finalizing her spot as his assistant. From the moment I met her, I knew we had a special connection, and that was because of the energy she carried every moment, on and off the court. There was an excitement and joy I experienced whenever I was around her, and I quickly began to view her as an older sister/role model. Jackie had major influence on my development as a person, basketball player, and competitor. Early on through watching her coach, interact with the team, and even compete in the drills and games (still had a smooth jumper!), I began to strive to live like her. To bring passion in every setting, to compete hard, and to be a source of guidance to all; that's who Jackie was, and will always be. Always striving to be better, to learn, to be of service. Eventually, Jackie became my coach for club basketball, continuing into high school ball, and I had the privilege of being challenged to meet her standard, and she sets the bar HIGH, simply through her example. Jackie is someone who I have always admired for walking the walk. Whenever she would teach as a coach or talk/listen as a counselor, I knew in my heart, she wasn't just saying it; she lived it. There was no doubt I could trust her with my life because she wanted nothing but good things for me. She was always available to encourage during the lows and celebrate during the highs. It is special to walk through life lessons through sport, and it is rare to find a coach that will walk through those storms with you, and guide you into becoming a better version of yourself because of it. That is Jackie for me. We walked through it all together, and without fail, Jackie went the extra mile for all of us because she genuinely cared. She made me believe in myself because she always spoke that belief into me, and that is something that I will always be grateful for. To say that she has changed my life is an understatement. Jackie helped me lay a firm foundation going into college and the professional world, and I wouldn't be who I am or where I am today without her presence in my life. It only makes sense for her to receive this LifeChanger of the Year Award.

LEZLEY SCHULLI Posted 3 months ago

I've always been proud to know and been related to Jackie Clayton Strickling. Now after reading these comments made by colleagues and friends.......well lets just say I'm overwhelmed.... Smart just not book smart she lives in the moment, she is there for students colleagues and family and for her 6 year old Lailah , all while continuing her studies... All these descriptive words these folks have used are wonderful....here are some that also describe her....loving, caring, gracious, original, serious, independent, sweet and forever loved by me her cousin Lezley Schulli. Jackie is all these things and way more please add life changer Thank You for recognizing what all her family already know she is very special......

Alan Rascon Posted 3 months ago

I had the honor to be Jackie’s student and let me tell you, the drive, dedication and love for what she did inspired me in many ways. After graduating from Ottawa, I felt prepared because of her. She gave us real life scenarios and prepared us for what was to come. She prepared us to become the most effective school counselors possible. When I think of a life changer I think of Jackie. Jackie continues to serve as a mentor even after my program. She is always willing and able to mentor me and support me in my professional goals no matter what time of the day it is, Jackie is always there. She made sure everything she taught us was applicable, resourceful and effective. She works tirelessly and definitely outshines the rest. She is extremely deserving of the award. A true life changer she is!!

Ruben Ligon Posted 3 months ago

I had the distinct opportunity to study under professor Strickling. Jackie distinguished herself not only as an educator but also as one of the best mentors I have ever encountered. Her positive demeanor and uncanny ability to build rapport with students are an infectious winning combination that makes professor Strickling such a valuable role model for others to emulate. I admire her for this. Lastly, I would like to state that Jackie not only cared about turning out great counselors. She exudes the passion to constantly striving towards making the profession of counseling better in its entirety. I whole-heartedly support her for this distinguished award.

Kyle Kline Posted 3 months ago

Jackie Strickling is the embodiment of a life changer; she's certainly changed mine. I first met Jackie with a puddle of tears collecting at my feet. Consumed by the worry of college applications, I was at a physical breaking point from the pressure of course work and the weight of my own identity. As a feminine and flamboyant high schooler, I struggled to come to terms with my sexuality for years. I thought my only refuge was underneath the warmth of the spotlight, a place to abandon my own identity behind a shield of punchlines. Jackie helped me realize that what originally served as an escape, would soon become my strength. It took enormous support for me to discover that the things I most disliked about myself were those most worth celebrating. In doing so, Jackie gave me the drive to share my passion for performance at the most crucial time in my life thus far. In the fall of 2018, I applied for the Flinn Scholarship, a statewide competition for fully-funded undergraduate study at an Arizona public university. I contribute a large portion of my success in being named a Flinn Scholar due to Jackie's support in sharing my authentic story. Jackie always validated not only my identity, but my emotions and concerns as a young adult. Senior year was a storm of self doubt and self discovery, but every time I stepped into Jackie's office, she was there to calm my thoughts and guide my academic journey. Every time I passed Jackie in the hallway, it was a reminder I had an advocate in my corner, not only for applications, but in my journey in life. Since graduating, Jackie gifted me the support to live authentically, explore my passions, and make a difference for our community. Her influence as a life changer is undeniable and I full heartedly recommend her for this award.

Aj Pratt Posted 3 months ago

My son had The benefit of having Jackie as a school counselor in high school. She was always available and took time to answer his questions as well as support and encourage his drive and desire to stretch himself with his college applications. He was a student with a 504 and she supported him and encouraged him to lead his own 504 meetings, building his confidence and ability to advocate for himself. Development of the skill has which has served him well as he to do this in college. He is also taking the skill and his work-study job in the disability services office in college where he gets to assist other students in finding their voice. Jackie is a wonderful asset to the Paradise Valley school district and the students she serves.

Melanie Monk Posted 3 months ago

I have worked with Jackie over the last few years. As a teacher at PVHS it is a blessing to work with a counselor who is as devoted, hard-working, and helpful as Ms. Strickling. She fights for what she believes in, she always has everybody's best interest at hard, and is extremely knowledgeable to boot. Students, parents, and educators can rely on her judgment and support completely. In my mind, she is the gold standard for counselors. She deserves this award and more.

mark kizer Posted 3 months ago

Jackie Strickling has been an invaluable asset for our family. Her suggestions and assistance navigating our children through various choices finding the best fit curriculum options has set our children up for success. Her extensive knowledge, dedication of time, and insightful understanding has enriched our children's experience at Paradise Valley High School. Jackie's help guided our oldest to reaching out and taking AP exams beyond those that "fit" with his classroom schedule, taking and receiving AP credit for other topics that he had a personal passion around learning. She helped our oldest exponentially. Both our children have had chronic illnesses that have complicated their educational experiences. Not only her knowledge but also her understanding of our children's illnesses and personalities has helped make their high school experience a positive and manageable one. Her ability to not only listen intently but also foresee the future educational challenges made her this irreplaceable component of our team. On occasion she even helped teachers better understand the medical challenges our children were facing when our children could not articulate these for themselves. This help worked to create a solution where all parties could better understand each other and thrive. Her dedication to our students is exemplified by her rapid responses and compassion.. In short, our children's high school experiences were profoundly positively effected by Jackie Strickling.

Lisa Hoberg Posted 3 months ago

Jackie is amazing! She’s gives so much of herself to so many communities! As a parent of a sophomore at PVHS, I can’t say how much it means to have her as an “anchor” in his academic journey!

Erin Royal Posted 3 months ago

I’ve had the honor and privilege of knowing Jackie for over 20+ years and her dedication to her craft, and her students, is unmeasurable. Jackie is not only knowledgeable in her field but she moves with an empathetic mind. She truly wants to understand her students, what they are feeling and how she can make their paths easier for them. She’s the type of counselor that puts her time and passion into every student she comes in contact with and at the end of very long days, she absolutely loves her career. She’s humble and is probably feeling “why me” about this nomination but that just speaks to Jackie’s character- she never feels it’s about her but she truly deserves this nomination and to be awarded. Jackie is the example of what we in a community hopes for within our school systems and her lifelong learning, dedication and effort should be recognized.

Jessica Erickson Posted 3 months ago

Jackie is a Life Changer! Jackie and I have been friends for 26 years! I was the new kid in school and Jackie was the first person to ask me to sit with her and her friends at the lunch table. That's Jackie - a true and loyal friend and someone who changed my life in many ways. Not only were we high school basketball teammates but we also coached high school basketball together - an opportunity that, without Jackie, I would have never had. Throughout our friendship, I have seen Jackie persevere time and time again through difficult situations. She never gives up and is truly inspirational. Everything she takes on, she finds a way to make it better, including herself. She has a tremendous personal drive which leads her to push others to be the best version of themselves. She has mentored countless young adults and I have witnessed first hand, as a friend and as her assistant coach, the respect and love her students and players have for her. She is greatly admired. She loves to share her wisdom and knowledge to help out others. It is her life's purpose and she is awesome at it! I feel blessed to call her my friend and she is, without doubt, a LIFE CHANGER! Thanks Jack!

Melissa Schwartz Posted 3 months ago

Over the past several years, I have had the pleasure of working with Jackie Strickling on PVSchool District wide committees through my role as the President of the PV United Parent Council or affiliated roles I have held. This year, we both served on the District wide committee to develop plans around closing, opening, moving to online learning, and re-opening our schools during COVID19! We worked on the Secondary team looking at Middle thru HS challenges. Throughout the process, Jackie provided leadership and clarity to overly complicated issues that many of the parents, let alone the educators on the committee simply did not understand. As we have learned there are NO perfect solutions in the middle of a pandemic, but Jackie was able to help our secondary group to understand the unique scheduling issues at our middle and High Schools (especially at PVHS - students take a full year in each semester). Through this guidance, we were able to maintain the large variety of curriculum offerings for our students. It is this type of calm and clear focus; Jackie provides in her roles at Paradise Valley High School. As a parent of a Junior in the Center for Engineering Science and Technology (CREST) program at PVHS, I have watched her help my daughter juggle scheduling challenges, select between Dual Enrollment vs AP options, and find an outside solution for a language class that would not conform to her CREST Block schedule and her Band required slots. In her current position, Jackie is the Lead Counselor for all of PVHS and the sole counselor to the students in the CREST Program. These 5-600 students have a very rigid curriculum that must be met to graduate. Most of their courses must be Honors, AP or Dual Enrollment level courses which can make the scheduling challenging! Add in those students, like my daughter, who was a Band Section Leader as a Sophomore or those with interests in sports, culinary, or other Career fields in addition to the CREST requirements and the juggling gets more difficult. She is always supportive of the students and their individual desires to explore their academic options. We experienced one of those monumental challenges at the start of this year and my daughter had to turn off her video during our conference call because she thought she was going to have to drop her Concert Band class (which would mean she could not be the section leader). I was not located near my daughter but realized she was upset. Jackie calmly presented a variety of options to see what the best solution for her would be and came up with a solution that put all the needed classes between her Junior and Senior year back in place! That type of 'thinking outside the box' creativity and care she provides for students is life changing for these students! This fall, I had the opportunity to work Jackie, the PV Gifted Department, and a few parents to submit a proposal for a new counselor to assist with twice exceptional students (Students both Gifted and have Special Needs). We have been trying to get an individual person to work with our High School age 2E students in this area for years. Currently, Jackie helps to connect the many individuals (Social Workers, Advocates, Counselors, and teachers) at the school to help these 2E students manage their way at a HS level. Jackie is always leading the way to create these types of innovative solutions helping students be better understood and providing tools so they can reach their own individual potential. This is how Jackie is a game changer for so many students, parents, and her colleagues.

Robin Reed Posted 3 months ago

I work with Jackie and I've seen how much she cares for her students and helps them in any way she can. She's also an advocate for her colleagues, trying to better the lives of teachers and counselors. She's always asking what she can do to make my job easier; getting me time off when needed or bringing me breakfast once in awhile. She makes time to find out what people need and tries to make it happen. She IS a life changer for her students, colleagues and friends!

Lisa Lisk Posted 3 months ago

Jackie is one of the most dedicated, hard-working individuals in our school district. While we are both educators, my personal connection with Jackie developed during the time she mentored my own children at the high school. Jackie truly cares about each student's path to success, and further, does not shy away from parent interactions. Jackie realizes that while these students are growing and maturing into young adults, they still need scaffolding and support from adults at home and school. I have been impressed with the way she has set expectations for my children while simultaneously offering support to me as a parent; a crucial piece of the puzzle. My middle son worked with Jackie largely on academic scholarships. He always felt respected and supported during that time. Jackie made him feel like a star during the tricky adolescent years. My youngest son worked with Jackie as our school's NCAA coordinator, making sure our ducks were aligned for college sports. Her presentations and attention to detail have been greatly appreciated during a process that heavily relies on planning and accuracy. Jackie has been such a gift to our family; graciously providing input and advice well beyond the workday. She is truly someone who pursued a career in education for all the right reasons. I will be forever grateful for Jackie's help and commitment to my children over the years.

Mac McGraw Posted 3 months ago

I chose the high school I went to with a specific goal in mind. They had a bioscience program that allowed me to start my path to becoming a doctor so that I could help others using my personal experience with type one diabetes. The rigor of the program caused me to question my ability and necessary next steps to medicine. My counselor, Jackie Strickling, was able to see the potential in me right away. When I told her I was not smart enough or prepared enough for certain courses in my schedule, she reassured me and challenged me to be the best version of myself. With her support, I was able to excel in classes that I never would have attempted in the first place. Her personal experience with type one diabetes also helped me feel less alone and more motivated to share my story. In fact, she volunteered to sponsor my Type One Diabetes Advocacy Club (DAC) that I co-founded with another type one diabetic at my high school. As our sponsor, she attended meetings, always asked how she could help, and sent us opportunities, in addition to all of her other commitments. Outside of this, she was also just a great person to talk to and very resourceful when it was time for me to apply for colleges and private scholarships. Whenever there was a question someone in the admin office couldn't answer, they always went to Jackie. I distinctly remember her running around campus during AP exams to help all of her students who required accommodations in addition to her other responsibilities. Her dedication to students, resourcefulness, and unique ability to help people see the best in themselves is inspiring. I hope to have the same effect on my patients in the future as she did on me and countless other students.

Susan Seep Posted 3 months ago

I wholeheartedly support Ms. Strickling's nomination! She is a fierce leader in Paradise Valley, who never misses a chance to fight for her teachers, her counselors, and her students. She is wise and volunteers for everything she can, when she knows she can make a difference. Jackie exemplifies the term "lifechanger".

Jan Bailey Posted 3 months ago

Jackie has been an amazing help and counselor with both of my boys. She wrote a great recommendation for my oldest son when applying for college that helped him get a scholarship and attend the school he really wanted to go to. My youngest has a 504 and she has worked so well with him and for him. She has made sure he gets the proper accommodations in classes and for his upcoming SAT/ACT tests. I love that we can reach out to her with anything and she will jump in and help. Jackie truly cares about each and every student she works with.

Melissa Schwartz Posted 3 months ago

Over the past several years, I have had the pleasure of working with Jackie Strickling on PVSchool District wide committees through my role as the President of the PV United Parent Council or affiliated roles I have held. This year, we both served on the District wide committee to develop plans around closing, opening, moving to online learning, and re-opening our schools during COVID19! We worked on the Secondary team looking at Middle thru HS challenges. Throughout the process, Jackie provided leadership and clarity to overly complicated issues that many of the parents, let alone the educators on the committee simply did not understand. As we have learned there are NO perfect solutions in the middle of a pandemic, but Jackie was able to help our secondary group to understand the unique scheduling issues at our middle and High Schools (especially at PVHS - students take a full year in each semester). Through this guidance, we were able to maintain the large variety of curriculum offerings for our students. It is this type of calm and clear focus; Jackie provides in her roles at Paradise Valley High School. As a parent of a Junior in the Center for Engineering Science and Technology (CREST) program at PVHS, I have watched her help my daughter juggle scheduling challenges, select between Dual Enrollment vs AP options, and find an outside solution for a language class that would not conform to her CREST Block schedule and her Band required slots. In her current position, Jackie is the Lead Counselor for all of PVHS and the sole counselor to the students in the CREST Program. These 5-600 students have a very rigid curriculum that must be met to graduate. Most of their courses must be Honors, AP or Dual Enrollment level courses which can make the scheduling challenging! Add in those students, like my daughter, who was a Band Section Leader as a Sophomore or those with interests in sports, culinary, or other Career fields in addition to the CREST requirements and the juggling gets more difficult. She is always supportive of the students and their individual desires to explore their academic options. We experienced one of those monumental challenges at the start of this year and my daughter had to turn off her video during our conference call because she thought she was going to have to drop her Concert Band class (which would mean she could not be the section leader). I was not located near my daughter but realized she was upset. Jackie calmly presented a variety of options to see what the best solution for her would be and came up with a solution that put all the needed classes between her Junior and Senior year back in place! That type of 'thinking outside the box' creativity and care she provides for students is life changing for these students! This fall, I had the opportunity to work Jackie, the PV Gifted Department, and a few parents to submit a proposal for a new counselor to assist with twice exceptional students (Students both Gifted and have Special Needs). We have been trying to get an individual person to work with our High School age 2E students in this area for years. Currently, Jackie helps to connect the many individuals (Social Workers, Advocates, Counselors, and teachers) at the school to help these 2E students manage their way at a HS level. Jackie is always leading the way to create these types of innovative solutions helping students be better understood and providing tools so they can reach their own individual potential. This is how Jackie is a game changer for so many students, parents, and her colleagues.

Hayden Araza Posted 3 months ago

When I first entered high school as a nervous freshman, I had no idea who I was going to be or what the future held for me. Two years prior, I was diagnosed with type one diabetes and I felt extremely alone with my disease when I got to high school. This was until I met my guidance counselor Jackie Strickling. Jackie had been a type one diabetic for over 20 years, and suddenly I had someone I could talk to about my health who truly understood me. But she did more that just understand me, she helped me take better care of my health- both physical and mental. I could come to her with any problem and she would help me learn and grow through it. Not only did she help me in my personal life- but she also pushed me to do my best academically. I remember one day sitting in her office choosing classes for my sophomore year schedule and she encouraged me to take AP Computer Science. I had never taken a computer science class before, and I was really worried about being surrounded by boys who I thought were smarter than me because they had more experience with coding. However, after much convincing, I took the class and earned an A and even passed the AP exam and got college credit. Her belief in me helped me to believe in myself. She even helped me found the Type One Diabetes Advocacy Club and was my #1 sponsor and supporter at all of my fundraising events. And when it came time to apply to colleges, she was there with me through all of the standardized exams, resumes, and application essays. With her help, I got in to 11/13 of the colleges I applied to including UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Pepperdine University (my current college). When I think of someone who genuinely changed my life, I think of Jackie Strickling. She is not only one of my biggest cheerleaders and supporters, but she is also one of my biggest inspirations.

Santhe Niedner Posted 3 months ago

Jackie Strickling is a very talented counselor/teacher. Her attributes are numerous and highly impacting to both her colleagues and her students. I hired Jackie for a counseling position at Pinnacle High School in 2005. I have been in the education system for 42 years and find that Jackie has a combination of skills I have not seen in many. I supervised Jackie for 6 years and observed her many talents in working with the education community, parents, students and teachers. Since that time, Jackie and I have maintained both a professional relationship and a lasting friendship. Jackie singlehandedly revamped the presentations that the counseling department gave to the teachers students and parents. Her technology skills were unmatched and she honestly moved us from the 20th to the 21st century with her skills and ability to teach others (some very unwilling colleagues) those skills. Her creativity in presenting the material and her knowledge of how best to highlight the information were so effective that other school counseling departments asked to borrow them so they could use them in their schools thereby changing lives and practices of every school in the district. In Jackie’s second year at Pinnacle, she became the head basketball coach. She tool a truly nonexistent program and changed it into a program that was known statewide. I often saw her with her players and marveled at the difference she made in their attitude, skills, and confidence. The students became known throughout the school and her team was highly respected. She also worked tirelessly to help her players with both academic and athletic collegiate choices ad plans. Jackie is well versed in all college applications and scholarships. She is continuously helping students in that process and is very successful in helping them make good choices that undoubtedly impact the rest of their lives. Jackie also has an expertise in group counseling, crisis/intervention, and academic counseling. I have personally watched her change the lives of students, parents and colleagues. Her energy, enthusiasm, compassion, and willingness to adapt and adjust to any situation make her a valued colleague to all who have the pleasure of working with her and an inspiration to the students she represents. I cannot think of a better person to receive the Life Changer of the Year award.

Maureen Minnick Posted 3 months ago

I’m pretty sure I have not met anyone that works as hard and as efficiently as Jackie. Who is up working at 11 pm while everyone else is asleep? That’s right - Jackie. Who is first in the office the following morning? Jackie. Emails that come in at night are resolved before I even see them the next day, and plans are made for weeks in advance to ensure things run smoothly. She works nights. She works weekends. Jackie is an amazing team leader and she is very deserving of recognition. PV is lucky to have her running our counseling department!

Kelly Brown Posted 3 months ago

Jackie was my instructor during my masters in school counseling program. She challenged us to be better, to create an impact and to advocate for our profession. She taught us what our profession does to change lives and help others. Outside of the program Jackie continues to serve as a mentor. She is always willing and able to mentor me and support me in my professional goals. She is truly deserving of this award and is the definition of a “life changer”.

Taylor Kagy Posted 3 months ago

There are not enough words to begin to express how amazing of a person AND educator Jackie is. Out of all of my years of post secondary schooling, Jackie is the only person that comes to mind when I think of the best and most impactful professor. From the minute I walked into her classroom for my Graduate degree, she changed my life. Her passion for counseling turned my fear into excitement during every class. Jackie has challenged me to be the best that I can be at both my career as a school counselor and in my personal life. I look up to Jackie and her ability to fight for what she believes in. Sometimes when I struggle with my confidence in counseling I find myself thinking, "what would Jackie do?” Jackie is a high school counselor, a professor, a PhD student, a wife, a mother and so much more. Through all of these roles and passions, she somehow finds ways to give her individual time and attention to each one of these areas. As a student, I have never had a professor that would respond to a text message in the late hours of the night or early hours of the morning until I met Jackie. It did not matter if we had a question about homework, needed advice about a counseling situation, or just wanted to say hello - Jackie has always been there and continues to be there for her current and former students. There are many more reasons what Jackie is deserving of this award, but I wouldn't have the time or the space to write down all of the reasons she is the greatest and more impactful life changer!

Toni H Posted 4 months ago

Jackie was my instructor for multiple classes. Her instruction and philosophy truly mirrors her passion of counseling, as qell as her love and care for her work with her students. While she made me question my future as a student and profession, she helped build us up through testing our commitment and strength as grad students to the tough work ahead and I can say she's made us all tougher and given us a true view of what is yo come and I feel very prepared for the challenges ahead (as best as I can feel). Jackie deserves this great nomination and award. Cheers!

Anthony j Rochin Posted 4 months ago

Jackie was a stellar professor and teaches with such passion about school counseling. When I was in her classes I actually felt like she cared and wanted me to learn and succeed. Because of her commitment and passion I have confidence in myself i can be successful in the field of school counseling

Arielle Cohen Posted 4 months ago

My name is Arielle Cohen and I am a former student-athlete of Jackie Strickling. Our paths first crossed in early 1998, and I am honored to say that 22 years later, I still consider her to be one of my most influential mentors. Therefore, it is with great pleasure that I recommend Jackie for the "Life Changer Award." I first met Jackie through athletics, as she was one of the Horizon High School basketball coaches and ran many summer camps which I attended. Jackie instantly became my biggest role model exemplifying the type of person any parent would want their child to look up to. As the years passed, and I entered High School, Jackie became my High School basketball coach as well as my school guidance counselor. Anyone who knows Jackie knows her fierce passion for basketball, but I quickly learned that what she loves even more was her role as a guidance counselor, helping her students to determine the course of their lives going forward. She possesses the desire and ability to touch the lives of her students and student athletes, and to impact their lives on a grander scale. Two years into my High School career, Jackie accepted a job at Pinnacle High School as a guidance counselor and basketball coach. Not long after she made the switch, my family moved which provided the opportunity to transfer to Pinnacle High School. Circumstances again put us together, and her influence in my development continued. While my development as an athlete frequently put us together, her continued role as my guidance counselor on and off the court, provided her greatest influence on me. I can chart back many of the educational, career, and personal choices I have made in my life back to the lessons I learned from Jackie. Although, Jackie and I shared the same passion for basketball, what she instilled in me and all other athletes alike is the importance of being a STUDENT-Athlete. Not surprising, Jackie, all these years later, is still a student, with two Master’s degrees under her belt, and a doctorate underway. Being a constant learner is incredibly important to her. Continuing education is something Jackie has preached from the beginning and it is evident with her accomplishments that she leads by example. I realize that, in large part, my passion to continue to learn and expand my skills can be traced back to the influence of, and example set by Jackie. Throughout her entire professional career, Jackie has demonstrated her commitment and passion for the students she serves. She treats every student she encounters with respect, dignity and kindness. Jackie has a special ability to connect with students and the ability to be sensitive to their needs. As an outstanding counselor, one of the biggest differences Jackie makes in her students’ lives is that she enriches their minds for not only school but for life. Jackie not only makes a difference in her students’ lives with regards to their education but she makes a difference every day through her actions as a human being. To cover all of her skills, it should be noted that as a basketball coach, she quickly took a group of young high school female athletes from not winning a single conference basketball game, to playing in three consecutive State Championship games. She not only developed young athletes, she inspired us all to maximize our talents and efforts. Jackie made us students of the game, and intern students of life. I have been blessed with a number of people who have had a positive impact on my life. I am pleased to say that to this day, Jackie is still one of my greatest mentors, role models and friends. Jackie is a stellar person, and an unwavering champion for the students she serves. I only hope my words adequately convey how deserving Jackie is of this recognition. In conclusion, please accept my nomination for Jackie Strickling for "Life Changer of the Year." As certain as I am of her qualifications for this award, I am equally certain she will continue to exemplify the purpose of the award.

Max Ankrapp Posted 4 months ago

I've had the pleasure of working with Jackie for almost 10 years at Paradise Valley high school. She is the lead of our counseling department and does a fantastic job with our students, advocating, pushing and encouraging them to be the best that they can be. I know that if I have a problem or concern that I can go to Jackie and it will be taken seriously and dealt with utmost professionalism. He truly cares about her students and it is a pleasure to work with her on a daily basis. As already stated, I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award.

Stacie Chambers Posted 4 months ago

I have had the pleasure of knowing Jackie for the past 3 years. Over the last 3 years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with her at the post-secondary level and am now currently working with her in the PVHS Counseling department. Jackie has been an amazing mentor to me so far at PVHS and she has helped me to transition into my new counselor role seamlessly. She always takes time out of her extremely busy schedule to make sure that I am on track and not getting overwhelmed! Prior to working with her at PVHS, she was an adjunct instructor in the School Counseling program for me when I worked for Ottawa University. As the Operations Manager at OU, I always had zero hesitation when selecting Jackie to teach a course for me because I knew that she would go above and beyond to ensure that students are successful in her class and in their future school counselor role. This is why she is a LIFE CHANGER!!! I can’t think of anyone more deserving to receive this award.

Carlos Monterroza Posted 4 months ago

I’ve worked closely with Jackie for several years and she is someone I have complete trust in her work ethic and ability to be a great team player. Her passion for our school and students is tremendous and has elevated our department to be more efficient and ASCA focused. I can rely on Jackie to advocate for any one of us and our students. Her commitment to her team, school, and students is special and I am thankful and lucky to be working alongside her. I can continue to share all the great things Jackie has done for our school, but what I find more important is the type of person she is - joyful, humble, open-minded, genuinely caring, and respectful. I am fortunate to work and learn from such a great person and grateful to be able to call her my friend.

Lisa Pinkus Posted 4 months ago

I am a parent of three boys who attended/attend Paradise Valley High School, and each of them had Jackie Strickling as their Guidance Counselor. There is not enough space here for me to adequately gush about Jackie. We challenged her in ways I am sure she has never been challenged before, and she rose to the occasion. Jackie Strickling went above and beyond with her support, guidance, out of the box thinking, and desire to help us navigate difficult situations with success. I was not only impressed with her management of the high school counseling department and her presence for the student and parents - but also for her continued educational pursuits. I remember the white board - in her first office - covered with dissertation thoughts, data, and questions. Life Changer of the Year? YES!! The impact she has had on her students, the parents, her colleagues, and the educational system should be recognized!!

Gwenn Krell Posted 4 months ago

Jackie took my daughter in with open arms when she needed her most! She helped turn 3 years of nightmare HS experiences into the very best SENIOR year possible. Jackie took it on as a personal mission to show Kaycee that there could be light at the end of a dark tunnel and committed herself to taking Kaycee by the hand and doing whatever it took to help ease the fear and anxiety that she came into PV HS with. There was never a time that Jackie was too busy to stop what she was doing to listen and problem solve with Kaycee, always following up with me as well. Jackie was a life changer for Kaycee and she was always so humble when I told her! Kaycee not only got a shot at a positive senior year but so much more! She got her involved with Tina Taylor’s morning announcement group and she is now majoring in News and Information at the University of Kansas going into news reporting. Jackie always encouraged her to follow her dreams with reminders of how strong and resilient she was. She’s a shining example of an adult who could have easily given up on Kaycee like many others in the school system did but she made the choice to help Kaycee and we will be forever thankful! Any student who is in Jackie’s care is very fortunate!

Steven Harris Posted 4 months ago

Jackie is such a tremendous asset to our community and society as a whole. She’s fearless and her ability to be a strong consistent resource has proven to provide successful positive change for many lives in need.

Kimberly Harris Posted 4 months ago

Jackie is an inspiration to everyone she meets and is the epitome of a “life changer.” I am so proud to call her my sister and I have learned so much from her. She hasn’t only been my sister through the years, she has been my counselor, basketball coach and #1 supporter in everything I have done in my life. She goes above and beyond when faced with challenges and never gives up until she has a solution. Her determination and perseverance set her apart from everyone else!

Bev Clayton Posted 4 months ago

Jackie is a life changer! She devotes hundreds of hours to helping students achieve their goals and become the best version of themselves. Jackie also facilitates and develops innovative and time saving measures for her counseling staff to streamline processes and become more efficient. You will not find a more dedicated professional who is passionate about making a difference in her students lives. Whether Jackie is working in the Counseling Department, teaching as an Adjunct Professor or pursuing her Doctorate, Jackie is determined to achieve her goals and she leads by example. Jackie is the definition of Life Changer of the Year and is very deserving of this award.

Butch & Carmen Karch Posted 4 months ago

For over 40 years we have watched our niece Jackie Strickling grow up to be a wonderful, caring member of our family. We have watched Jackie’s progression into the professional that she is and into a fantastic mother. We have watched Jackie overcome some personal health challenges over the years and in doing so, always had a positive outlook and never spent time feeling sorry for herself. Over many years in her professional life we have always heard Jackie talking about the underdogs and always having a special place in her heart to help out wherever she could. We know of one instance in particular where Jackie went to the Senator of Arizona to get his support for one of her students to attend a Naval Academy. We are immensely proud of Jackie and all her personal and professional accomplishments. We can always count on Jackie to be there for us and others when called upon.

Jacqueline Johnson Posted 4 months ago

I am currently a student at Ottawa University enrolled in the School Counseling program and have been impacted by being taught by Jackie. She shares her experiences and expertise with my cohort each week. Our class discussions and assignments are relevant and meaningful allowing me to gain skills that will benefit me as a counselor. Her passion for what she does is contagious and has ignited a fire in me to work harder and dig deeper as a student. I began the program with the intention of being on Ottawa’s Phoenix campus, but due to Covid-19 we are currently meeting via Zoom. I was concerned about how much I would gain from taking classes in this format. Jackie makes learning via Zoom enjoyable and I looked forward to class each week. Her teaching style is very interactive and appropriately paced keeping our class engaging and fun. Jackie is certainly a professor that immediately comes to mind when I think of “Life Changer”, as she has made a huge impact on me. She deserving of this nomination.

April Gott Posted 4 months ago

This amazing women was my basketball teammate at the University of New Orleans. Our friendship grew and for the last 23 years I’ve had a support system that everyone should have. Jackie is so inspiring and gives a person so much growth to pick themselves up and challenge themselves to goals you never knew you could accomplish. Jackie has influenced my children to further their education and athletic dreams and have supported them through sickness, becoming paralyzed and the successes of division 1 scholarships. I couldn’t have been so lucky to find a friend that has the most amazing out look on life and shares it with every person she meets. Jackie this their for the good times and hard times.

Cindy Smith Posted 4 months ago

My working relationship with Jackie started four years ago. Since that time I've seen her as one of the most enthusiastic workers and a role model for many students. I am not sure she doesn't see life, work, or learning in any other way than with the most optimistic approach. While maintaining a balanced life being a counselor, college instructor, and mom and doing all with the same level of commitment is a rare trait these days. She is most definitely deserving of being recognized as a true life changer. In life, there are not many people you feel so confident that they will do exactly what they say they will do, but in Jackie's case, I know that when she sets her mind to completing a task, you know the task will be complete. To know and work with her is an inspiration. It is an honor and privilege to be given this opportunity to add my brief comments. Thank you.

Cori Araza Posted 4 months ago

Jackie is an inspiration to lifelong learners, educators, and students young and old. As the mother of a Type 1 Diabetic, her counsel has been lifesaving to me and my daughter. She dedicated hours of guidance and support to her when she was her student at PVHS, and continues even now as she approaches her second year at Pepperdine University. Jackie pushed my daughter to realize her greatness, and never let her chronic illness get in the way of her dreams, just as Jackie doesn't allow her chronic illness to get in the way of hers. She currently inspires my son to dream big and work hard, and she does all.of this while caring for her own daughter. Jackie is currently pursuing her P.h.d in Organizational Psychology and as a fellow student, I can tell you that she faces the rigorous program with perseverance and grace. She motivates me to stay the course and offers constant support to me. Finally, she gives back to educators all over the country by volunteering to teach self-care and social-emotional online weninars with Grand Canyon University's Canyon Professional Development. I am entirely grateful for the support, professionalism, determination, and grit that Jackie demonstrates in all she does and I cannot think of a more deserving candidate of the Life Changer award.

Janis Myers Posted 4 months ago

I have worked for and with Jackie for the past 6 years and she is everything everyone has said about her and more! Professional, sensitive, caring, an "outside-the-box" thinker, someone who invests in others to help them become more than they have imagined for themselves. She is always thinking of ways to improve processes and breakdown barriers. Glass ceilings either don't exist or are made to be broken when it comes to mentoring, offering support, and leading others to their goals or new accomplishments. This is true for her students and colleagues alike. One of Jackie's unique attributes is that she has the ability to envision the whole picture but then also break it down into manageable, doable steps necessary to accomplish that vision. I wholeheartedly support the nomination of Jackie for this award, she is an amazing Person, Counselor, Advocate for all.

Patty J Nadzieja Posted 4 months ago

Jackie Strickling is an amazing woman. I have worked closely with Jackie for several years and, over my twenty-five years in the District, I have not found a person more dedicated to their job and the betterment of her students, colleagues and friends. As a counselor, she is always showing the students their true potential and finding new paths for their futures they may have never thought of, or even believed they could achieve. As a colleague, she is always a great listener and supportive of our needs as educators. And as a friend, she always finds the right thing to say to motivate us to push forward and be better than we were yesterday. She is not only a dedicated counselor, an amazing mother, great sister and daughter; she is a caring friend to all. I have worked with so many great professionals over my career, but only a few that I would consider a true life-changer and no one more deserving of this award.

Chris Howard Posted 4 months ago

Jackie Strickling- Life Changer- YES! That is exactly what she is. She is the embodiment of this title. I have had the pleasure to work with Jackie for last several years at our school and in our district education association. She is a force of positive change in everything she does. And she does so many things that have a positive impact! Upon her arrival at our school several years ago, she was ready to get to work. She was ready to jump in and help in our education association and quickly became an association rep for our school. Soon after she was elected as an executive board member for our education association, where she has helped advocate for public educators throughout our district. Then, there is her awesome skill as a professional school counselor. Not only does she do an amazing job caring for and empowering the students she serves in this role, but she also has been an amazing lead counselor for the counseling department at our school. And of course, she finds the time to teach what she has learned to future school counselors at the university. She is a great teacher to students and adults alike. She has a way of explaining things, getting to the heart of an issue, speaking the truth in love, and continuing to advocate for so many. I wholeheartedly recommend Jackie Strickling for Life Changer of the Year!

Brenda Corte Posted 4 months ago

From the first day I met Jackie, I knew we would have an incredible working relationship. I was a new assistant principal, and it only took one day to realize that Jackie was going to make me successful. That's what she does--she makes us all SUCCESSFUL. She is calm, kind, loved by the faculty and students and dedicated to her school and community. She is a natural leader and an efficient organizer. She is personable, thoughtful, candid and fun. When potentially disturbing behaviors in children are getting in the way of their success, Jackie always steps in before the situations get out of hand. In a time where national average of student to counselor ration was 471-1, Jackie still knew every one of her students. My success and the success of Pinnacle High School would not have been possible without Jackie's help in setting a tone for all of us.

IAN DEONISE Posted 4 months ago

I have worked with Jackie for the past 6 years and agree with everything her student Katie said about her. She has transformed our Counseling department into the best in the District and has us on the way to becoming a RAMP certified school. She loves her students and works extremely hard to provide them with all the tool, encouragement and mentoring they need to be their very best. I believe Jackie is very deserving of this award and would love to see her get it. Thank you for your time and consideration. Ian Deonise Principal, PVHS

Dalvin Johnson Posted 4 months ago

Ms. Strickling was my high school counselor at Paradise Valley High School. I came to PV my 2nd semester of my Junior year and I arrived under unique circumstances. I moved in with my mother but because of drugs she disappeared one day and to this day I still haven’t spoken to her. Nonetheless I was enrolled in PV high school and homeless. I moved from house to house for the entirety of my time at PV and I became only worried about survival. Mind you I came to PV with a 4.6 weighted GPA and 3 total absences from school for a 2 1/2 year period. Ms. Strickling then with time started to notice things were not okay. I was missing a lot of school and not calling in about it, as well as I was struggling and for a moment even failing multiple classes. I was lost and I was getting influenced by the wrong people looking for shelter and ways to make money and ways to cope the pain. I within 6 months was on track to ruin everything I worked very hard for. Ms. Strickling came in and in every way saved my life. She was there for me with guidance but I also think she gave me a sense of security, she came in and gave me someone to look up too, someone I could respect but most importantly somebody I could trust. For the next year she personally made every effort she could to help me get myself together and get my head back in the game and pursue the successful life I was so convinced I could have. A few months into my senior year I was introduced to the Naval Academy in Annapolis Maryland. I was very convinced and determined that was where I wanted to be. Given all the obstacles and walls that were put in my all my life I knew I wanted to do something different something that truly in every shape of the word was a “huge accomplishment”. I wanted to ensure my future to be bright wherever I went next after high school and ultimately the Naval Academy is what I chose. In the next 6 months Ms. Strickling with my own willingness to want to change and with the help of other staff but orchestrated by her.. I was able get all my grades up the worst one being a C which would end up being the worst grade I got in high school, I was able to workout and get my body in the best shape I could for the fitness test that I would later take for admission to the Naval Academy, I was able to stop using marijuana which would have automatically made me ineligible and/or even after getting accepted I could have gotten sent home if I tested positive for it when arriving for I-Day. Ms. Strickling has my blessing forever and I’ll never ever mistake how much of a literal life changer she was for me specifically. She changed my life 180 and sent a troubled young boy who struggled and house hopped for a year and a half to one of the best schools in the entire country with a 9% acceptance rate. I owe it all to her I was able to graduate high school. I owe it all to her that I was able to get into such a prestigious university. I owe it all to her that I was able to get my life together and on a path I’m proud of. I highly recommend her for the Life Changer of the Year award.

Stephanie Hodder Posted 4 months ago

As a former co-worker of Jackie's for over 6 years, I could not agree more with this nomination. Jackie was a counselor at the school I taught at and she was my go to counselor. She is organized, helpful, knowledgable and is always willing to help out teachers and students alike. She cares deeply about her students and goes above and beyond in helping her students reach their fullest potential. Since I have known her she has continued her passion for learning, attending countless professional learning opportunities and then passing that information on to those that she teaches and works with. Jackie has taken leadership roles on her school campus and the professional learning community in which she works, and we are grateful for all of her dedication and hard work. I was lucky that she was my co-worker and now I am thankful to call her a friend!

Cody Gordon Posted 4 months ago

I have worked with Jackie Strickling now for several years and I can't tell you how impactful she's been, not just in how she supports students, but in how she supports staff as well. In addition to helping keep the counseling department rolling on, Jackie ends up being the counselor for so many of my students that sometimes I feel I should have a special phone line just for her :) I hate constantly bugging her, but she's always there, ready to answer my questions and help me. Jackie is a real leader and you can also see it in how she interacts with students. On top of all of this, she's pushing forward with her education. Her dedication not only to others, but also to herself, is a goal I can only hope to reach one day. Students and staff that work with Jackie are fortunate to have such an ally.

Dr. Bonnie Culp Posted 4 months ago

I can honestly tell you that when Jackie arrived as one of our counselors she truly renovated the department. As the math department head I found it difficult to work with counselors who did not allow students to reach their math potential. Jackie changed the way counselors look at math and now they encourage students to try higher levels of math. She has elevated the school by her never ending work ethic. She somehow is able to keep parents, students, teachers, and administrators happy. She deeply cares about her students and goes above and beyond to make sure they are placed in the classes that benefits them for the careers they intend to pursue. Additionally, she teaches for a local university, setting positive pathways for new counselors. And if that is not enough, she is pursuing a doctorate degree to enhance her own personal aspirations. I love working with her, she is a true professional.

Tina Taylor Posted 4 months ago

I have worked with Jackie as both a colleague and as a parent of two very determined young men. She is an amazing counselor and has really revamped our processes making them so much more streamlined and effective. During this crazy COVID time, she developed super creative ways to reach students and really went above and beyond. Both of my sons would say that she truly changed their lives - one is a college athlete now, and the other is waiting to hear from some top-notch universities. Jackie is compassionate, she is fiercely devoted to students and equitable treatment, and embodies professionalism to a high degree. So deserving of this award!

Skyler Gott Posted 4 months ago

Jackie is the definition of “one of a kind” the woman would give anyone the shirt off of her back or the last dime she had. She’s always striving to help others be the best they could ever possibly be. Not only does she want everyone to succeed but she gives you the tools and resources to do so. She’s so intelligent and has the most outstanding advice anyone could ever give. Not only does she help others striving to do there best but she’s always striving to improve and do her best as well. She’s a team player that’s for sure.

Jill Zitt Posted 4 months ago

As the "Professor in Charge" of the school counseling program at Ottawa University, I wholeheartedly agree with this nomination. I hear from many of her graduate students how much they value her knowledge, expertise, and empathy. She truly is making an impact not only on the students at Paradise Valley High, but on students all over the valley as a result of the school counselors they now have who learned from her!