Parker Jackson is a queer, non binary working artist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They have a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, and over 13 years of experience working in the arts field. You can often find them working and volunteering with non profits around Philadelphia teaching art to youth. Their work primarily focuses on political themes, environmentalism and most recently, mental health advocacy.
Parkers most recent portfolios express their experiences living with depression and anxiety in hopes to help end negative stigmas surrounding mental illness.
When students feel heard and important, a special trust is established and solutions can be implemented to make the classroom run smoothly. I believe there is no such thing as a “problem child”. Children are people, with thoughts, feelings and needs. Our job as educators is to listen and encourage them to be the most successful they can be. I feel that any challenge should be met with compassion, understanding and communication. I like to create a safe space for my students and structure my classroom based on how I think each student will succeed the most. I give a variety of options and choices in a lesson plan as students often engage more in the classroom when they feel in control. What success is to each student varies, but I believe each success story is important and my goal as an educator is to create as many successful, happy stories as possible. My philosophy in life is similar to mine in teaching, which is to be open, honest and caring.