Degrees and Certifications:
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Education, Missouri Baptist University (2000) Master of Science in Classroom Teaching, Missouri Baptist University (2009) Master of Arts in Reading, Webster University (2018) Certification: Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 3) Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) Special Reading (Kindergarten-Grade 12)
Mrs. Jackie Higgins
Hello, I'm Jackie Higgins. I am excited to be a reading specialist at Glenridge elementary. I primarily work with students in 3rd-5th grades to develop literacy skills. After receiving my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Missouri Baptist University, I began my teaching career as a fourth and fifth grade classroom teacher. My students gave me a passion to help striving readers develop a love of literacy. In 2006, I became a reading recovery teacher. I was fortunate to work alongside other educators as I learned support students in developing strategic thinking about books. For six years, I worked from home, caring for my two boys, Logan and Tyson. During this time, I wrote the early literacy blog, ready-set-read.com. I also had the opportunity to write articles for other online educational sites as well as work alongside wonderful organizations to promote literacy in my community. I returned to teaching in 2013, working as a first grade classroom teacher and reading specialist for the next several years. I earned a masters of education in classroom teaching from Missouri Baptist University and a masters of arts in reading from Webster University. I love being a part of the Glenridge community!