Jacki is native to northwest Indiana where she grew up going to the dunes and spending summers at the lake. While raising her family she went to college and obtained a B.A. in English Literature and a M.A. in English with the specialization of Composition and Rhetoric both from Purdue University.
In her graduate work, Jacki focused on the intersection of disability studies and the composition classroom, specifically students with invisible disabilities and various learning differences including: autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, depression/anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and vision impairment. She has published on the topic, as well as, has spoken at various academic conferences where she taught other teachers and professors practical pedagogical application techniques for the concept of disability studies in the classroom.
Jacki has been teaching neurodiverse students and students with various social emotional challenges for over 15 years. Her first introduction to the superpowers of the neurodiverse brain were when her children were in school and she learned that each one of her children had unique neurodiverse learning abilities and challenges. She began researching, advocating, and serving other families like hers.
When Jacki isn’t teaching she continues her advocacy work by supporting other neurodiverse families through advocacy, coaching, and webinars. She loves to walk, read, and watch sci-fiction movies.