When the school bell rings next month for the 2020-21 school year, the Guffey Community Charter School will have a new K-2 grades teacher, Elizabeth Jackson. The school is planning on being open for the next school year, but not sure how it will be structured yet, maybe shorter hours and/or fewer days.
Jackson was born and raised in Colorado Springs and has lived there her whole life. When her parents, Doug and Kathie Boucher, moved to the Guffey area in 2010, Jackson was still going to Palmer High School in Colorado Springs and commuted there from the mountains for about six months, she said.
After graduating from high school, Jackson remained in Colorado Springs, got married and now has two boys, aged two years old and nine months old. Jackson also has two very special dogs, she said. In her spare time, she enjoys quilting, and is a seamstress.
With the new teaching job, Jackson and her husband are planning to relocate to the Guffey area.
Jackson is going to Regis University for her teaching credentials and will be graduating in May 2021. With special consideration and the Colorado Teacher of Record program, Jackson will be able to finish her degree and get her teaching credentials at Regis and teach at the Guffey School simultaneously, she stated. Jackson has volunteered and has done classroom observations at the Guffey School since 2014.
Helping children learn and grow is something Jackson has wanted to do her whole life. She loves children and learning, and believes those qualities will make her a good teacher.
Jackson really likes the way the Guffey School is set up with multi-grade classrooms, and she loves the community support there.
Jackson ended her email correspondence for this story with a quote from Robin William’s Dead Poet’s Society: “Carpe Diem. Seize the day, make your life extraordinary!”