James Jackson

Mundelein, IL | Years Taught: 1968 – Present

As James sees it, an effective school will have high expectations for its students and staff while maintaining a warm and caring environment. Educators must create an environment in which student achievement and success is nurtured, recognized and celebrated whenever possible. James believes that because of the tremendous responsibility for forming positive and goal-setting attitudes in students, educators must develop methods of instruction that are creative and innovative. Educators must encourage students to set realistic goals, and they must convey a sense of caring and support to help students on their way to success.

Additional Recognition

  • 1995 • National Aerospace Educators Award – Scott Crossfield Disney/McDonalds Presents the American Teacher finalist
  • 1994 • World record flight to the Arctic Circle in a student built airplane – National Geographic Magazine, June 1994
  • 1992 • Spirit of Flight Award from the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame
  • 1991 • National Wings of Fame Award from the National Congress on Aviation and Space Education
  • 1990 • Award for Excellence in Aviation Education from the General Aviation Manufacturer’s Association
  • 1989 • Excellence in Aviation Education Regional Award from the Federal Aviation Administration
  • 1988 • Leader of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s National School Flight Project Champions
  • 1986 • National Aviation Educators’ Award from the Experimental Aircraft Association