Update 9/19/2016: Jerrie no longer works at the D2 Center. Good luck in your endeavors, Jerrie!
What’s your role at the D2 Center?
How long have you worked at the D2 Center?
I started working at the D2 Center in August of 2014. It’s hard to believe it’s been two years!
Tell me about your education.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing Education from University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and two Master’s Degrees from UNL as well: one in Vocational Education with emphasis in Corporate Training and the other is in Economics.
What is your professional background?
I spent thirty-seven years in my teaching career. I started in North Carolina in the small town of St. Paul. It was situated in Robeson County, which at the time had the highest illiteracy rate in the United States. After four years, I returned to Nebraska and began teaching for Omaha Public Schools. There I taught in all seven high schools throughout the district. I taught every business class offered and introduced nine courses over my career. I worked on numerous committees at local, state, and national levels to insure that students in OPS were learning skills that would allow them to be competitive in the ever-increasing global job market. I worked on several Nebraska State Standards Committees. I served on the authoring committee and piloted the Economics curriculum that was eventually taught district-wide. I also worked closely with Omaha-area businesses on internships and being sure the students were prepared to work. In my time at Omaha Public Schools, I personally taught over 3,000 students. The wealth and diversity of this experience deeply changed my views on the world.
Why were you interested in working at the D2 Center?
I received a call from one of the D2 Center Executive Directors: a teacher was leaving and they needed someone to finish the class they were teaching – would I come in and finish the class? I answered “yes,” and have been here ever since.
What’s your favorite thing about working at the D2 Center?
By far, my favorite thing about working at the D2 Center is the students. I really like the staff and the diversity of our job, but the students are what keep me coming back each day. I am amazed at the strength of our students and their ability to persevere through life. I believe we should help each other achieve our fullest potential and the D2 Center allows me to do that every day.
Tell me about your family.
I have a big family. I’m married with five children and four grandchildren. My husband owns a printing business, International Gamco, here in Omaha. Our three oldest children have finished college and begun their careers. Our two youngest will be in 10th and 8th grade in Fall 2016. Our grandchildren are nine, seven, five, and almost six months.
What do you like to do in your free time?
My free time is spent with family and friends. We love music, swimming, reading, and vacations, so when there is free time—that’s what we are generally doing.