When Eugene Jackson left the military after over 27-years of service, he knew he wanted to continue to give back in his second career.
Jackson now teaches JROTC at Dalton High School, working mainly with 9th graders
to provide a foundation for their lives. "I think what I do here is so important that if I don't do it right or get it right here that its going to have a lasting affect on their life."
While the class features military overtones, Jackson's not a recruiter. He focuses on helping students set and reach goals to get more out of life. "I'm always up front
with them about what they need to do, and sometimes lack of knowledge... and if
they don't know and I have the resources, I just think its my duty to share and
Krista Meador says when she first entered Jackson's class, she was terrified. "I used to goof off, I wouldn't study or keep my grades up. I had a very low GPA my freshman year, because I didn't know how to study."
With Jackson's help, she turned things around, and now has a leadership role in
Jackson stresses being a life learner to his students. In fact, he's currently working
on a doctorate in education. "I don't like to tell someone to do something that I'm not doing myself."
He also keeps students engaged with special projects, like boxing up food for the needy.
Jackson says he has a responsibility to give back to this country for what's been given to him, and will do that until he dies.
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