Joanne Jackson For State RepresentativeYour Voice in Harrisburg
Public service is a way of life in my family. At the age of 2, sitting in a stroller, representing the “little” people, I was campaigning for my uncle, Donald V. Hock, who was running for Mayor of Allentown. He subsequently served two terms. At that time my father, Oliver Ames Jackson, was running for Allentown School Board, an office I was later to win and fulfill for two terms. Other political offices that beckoned my father, included State Representative which he campaigned for nearly 50 years ago. My dad served as Magisterial District Judge until his untimely death in 1973. My mother, Mary S. Jackson served as State Committee woman as well as president of the Lehigh County Democratic Women’s Club, an organization for whom I now hold the position of Recording Secretary. My brother Jeffrey Ames Jackson served as constable in the City of Allentown.
My political career as a community steward began while a student at Louis E. Dieruff High School where I served as a class officer each year, as well as a student government officer, and held office in our varsity “D” club. In 1964 I worked as an aide at the Johnson rally.
As an adult, community stewardship continues to demand my energies. For the past 15 years, I’ve been actively involved with animal rescue. During my career as an educator I advocated for special needs children and their parents. I worked to ensure individualized education plans (IEPs) were implemented and in compliance. As a retired educator I continue to advocate pro bono for special needs children, guiding the design of the IEP, training the parents, and maintaining vigilance with the school districts. To date I have been successful in securing proper education for students ranging from first grade to high school senior. Most recently I’ve been helping homeless individuals find jobs and lodging and reenter the community as productive members.
My efforts at community stewardship include having taught GED to male inmates at the Lehigh County Prison for 7 years. I worked as the educational and career development coordinator for Lehigh Valley Child Care, coached girls basketball for 9 years, designed and implemented Camp Expanding Horizons at Lehigh University for gifted students and special needs students. As a Friend of Southern Lehigh Library, I continue to participate in fund raising activities to benefit the library’s Children’s Summer Reading Program and other library sponsored programs. As a small business owner, Visual Images, I donate many of my photos of beautiful Pennsylvania to fund raising events and other causes to benefit the needs of the community at large.
I was honored to be selected as a designated speaker for both the national and state level International Reading Association. I received the Bernie Cohen award for best teacher of the year in the Bethlehem area school district and achieved national recognition as one of the distinguished educators in the United States. Other awards and certificates of recognition include the Jack Pressman Lifetime Achievement award from the County Democratic Party.
My education credentials include a Masters of Education degree from Lehigh University, a bachelor’s degree in special education from Bloomsburg University, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Moravian College. I hold certificates of study from Georgetown University, Columbia University and am trained in Glasser Reality therapy.
My branding is Your Voice in Harrisburg — I am a “can do, will do” person. I emphasize good conscience and serious consideration on the impact my votes will have on the voters of District 131. My candidacy offers voters a choice in 2016 – a call to unity in Harrisburg. I am ready to bring your voice to Harrisburg rather than an ideology.