Author – “From Bully to Bestie” / Miss Nebraska for America 2020
Author ◊ Educator ◊ Artist ◊ Speaker ◊ Advocate
Jacqelle is a native Nebraskan and has lived in Omaha since 2012. Jacqelle grew up on beautiful Lake McConaughy in western Nebraska and then went on to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring and obtaining a degree in Communication Studies and Marketing.
While on campus at UNL she was involved in a variety of activities and clubs including Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority, the Nebraska Alumni Association, Cather Circle, Husker Choices, ASUN, and PanHellenic to name a few. After her undergraduate education, she went onto pursue a career in corporate America when she became a part of a non-profit organization City Impact of Lincoln, Nebraska, which is where her love of at-risk youth began.
After Jacqelle’s internship at City Impact, she decided that God had called her to go into education and help these students that had stolen her heart. Jacqelle went back to school participating in a new program at the University of Nebraska-Kearney called “Transition to Teach”. In three short years, Jacqelle had obtained her English Endorsement in Secondary English Education 7-12 while simultaneously graduating with honors and earning a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska (K-12) and an endorsement in English as a Second Language (ELL). Jacqelle is currently enrolled and pursuing a degree in school counseling from Concordia University. She prides herself on being a lifelong learner and advocate for the at-risk population and is trained in “Trauma Informed Care” and “Train the Trainer” programs.
Jacqelle’s passion and platform for at-risk youth extend far beyond academic achievements. Jacqelle has worked for the only Level III Alternative School in the state of Nebraska working with some of the most severe cases of autism, abuse/neglect, and special needs students.
Jacqelle has extensive experience in working in both Secondary and Middle School settings and has taught at two of the largest school districts in the state of Nebraska.
Jacqelle took on the role of Pep Club Coach as well at Alfonza W. Davis Middle School in Omaha, Nebraska, which is a part of the Omaha Public Schools District. She is an active member of the MTSSB Committee, which encourages positive supports within the school to improve school climate and culture. Jacqelle is very passionate about at-risk youth throughout her community reaching beyond the Omaha Public School system and is a LIFT together with Boys Town advisory board member working to impact high-risk communities, schools, and families intending to keep youth in school, safe in their homes and out of the juvenile justice and child welfare programs.
She is also a building representative and member of the Nebraska Education Association and the Omaha Education Association fighting constantly for teacher’s rights.
In Jacqelle’s free time she enjoys traveling, running in community 5K’s and 10K’s, volunteering at the Foodbank of the Heartland, working out at Lifetime Fitness Omaha, and is an avid supporter of Omaha Performing Arts.