My Quest To Teach

September 19, 2018

+The Hispanic Heritage Celebration 2018

Aida Correa

Aida Correa

The Hispanic Heritage Celebration 2018

by William Jackson, My Quest To Teach and
Aida Correa, LoveBuiltLife

The Hispanic Heritage Celebration in Jacksonille, Florida
filled the air around Hemming Plaza with the dynamic
rhythum of old school salsa and other genres of music
both hispanic, R&B, filled with cultural expression and pride.
Gothic Flores contributed to the fellowship of family and friendship
that continued to draw crowds that danced, sang and shared their
love of Hispanic culture.

Hispanic artists Kim Reteguiz and the Black Cat Bones, LPT and Goliath
Flores literally had the audience of several hundred during the course
of the event dancing and singing in and around the plaza.
Kim Reteguiz a soulful singer represented love for music, family and
cultural pride. Her songs resonated throughout the audience on an
overcast evening that only briefly allowed for slight rain that
did not dampen or extinguish the energy that filled Hemming Plaza.






Respected and recognized nationally and internationally, Kim Reteguiz
and Aida Correa of @LoveBuiltLife shares an embrace of Latina sisterhood
and cultural pride at the Hispanic Heritage Festival that is held annually
in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month from September through October.
The annual festival celebrates Hispanic history, culture and heritage.
The event had food trucks of Hispanic meals, dance performances,
engagement of families and was pet friendly. There will be additional
events in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month for families to
participate in the Jacksonville community.

LPT’s lively performance kept the fun and dancing ongoing to
the very end of the evening. At the enthusastic request of the crowd
for one last song LPT continued to play even at the end of the scheuled
performance time. Thanks to JSO for allowing the evening to continue in
support of what was an awesome experience of music, family and friendship.


September 12, 2018

Authors Should Understand the Value of Their Brands



Authors Should Understand the Value of Their Brands
by William Jackson My Quest to Teach
and Regina Edwards, Authors Roundtable
The Jacksonville Public Library’s “Authors Roundtable” meets monthly at the Highlands Branch
of the Jacksonville Public Library. William Jackson of My Quest to Teach presented the use of Social Media platforms and tools to help Authors develop, expand and market their Brands.
The topics discussed were: 1.) Learning the value of Branding, 2.) Effective implementation of Blogging and Microblogging using the platforms of Twitter and WordPress (open source web development) 3.) Building digital communities: PLC Professional Learning Community, PLN Professional Learning Network, PLF Professional Learning Family and PLR Professional Learning Resource.
Mr. Jackson in collaboration with Mrs. Regina Edwards, Co-Facilitator provided authors a platform to ask questions, gain insight in how to use Social Media to promote and enhance the digital presence of their books. The use of Hash Tags, Googling themselves and authentic storytelling help build readers and followers to their content. The interactive presentation helped answer questions, allowed authors to share experiences. Tagging and Googling have become very effective tools to draw hundreds or thousands to build authors as Thought Leaders and Digital Content Innovators. Building one’s levels in Google searches requires a well-planned strategy to align with Google search parameters and allow people to see the brand Authors are creating. Further, be engaged in the Niche where like-minded people share similar interests and passions. The understanding that Books – even those that are well written DO NOT SALE
themselves. In today’s digital world, websites and social media marketing are IMPERATIVE.
Authors should know the answers to these important questions; What is your Brand?, What is your Niche?, What ways are effective to Market your books.
That begins the level of promotion and marketing properly to the community nationally and potentially internationally. Mr. Jackson shared, never be afraid to share your story. You are the expert in your field of writing and content creation, so promote yourself as a Thought Leader. Always have business cards ready and an “elevator pitch.” Think about where you are trying to move as a business, author, engager, influencer, digital innovator. Learn the language to help you navigate the world of digital engagement.
William Jackson demonstrating an elevator pitch at the Impact Biz Jax business competition
and networking event. William Jackson’s Pitch My Quest To Teach
For additional information about future Authors Roundtable meetings contact:

September 10, 2018

Caution for Teachers That Blog In The Digital Age

Blogging for teaches

Blogging for Teachers





Caution for Teachers That Blog In The Digital Age
by William Jackson, M.Ed.

Many teachers believe they have the absolute First
Amendment right to post anything they want on social
networking sites, including party pix and diatribes about
the boss. After all, they’re on their own time and using
their own resources.
“Social Networking Nightmares” By Mike Simpson

Words of caution for teachers that participate in Social Media.
There should be serious consideration on how words are perceived
and interpreted as a professional educator. The ability to communicate
in the heat of frustration has created avenues for educators to be
cautious about what they post and how they are interpreted as
Social Media has opened doors that allow communication on digital
platforms that are instant and expansive.
Teachers need to be cautious that the words they use, memes they
post and replies they provide put them into a light of potential
criticism and public scrutiny.

Many variables come into play during the school day when
engaging with students. The elevation of emotions that teachers
display from the joys of students being successful, students struggling
to learn, the growth of social influences that are displaying in classrooms.
Teachers are under stresses, but they must be able to manage their
Social Media posts.

The potential use of technology with inappropriate and unprofessional
comments from teachers using electronic messaging throws great
strains in a career that demand professional behaviors and accountability.
Teachers have implemented the use of online social resources that
allow for connections during the traditional school hours. One resource
Facebook is a social network for connecting with multiple people and
instant communication.

The danger is in the height of emotions instead of teachers using their
training in classroom management, they are using their phones to lash
out and make posts that can cause them to be administratively
disciplined, put on unpaid leave and even loose their teaching certificates.
Teachers should never discuss personal information about their students,
other teachers and even administrators. Teachers should never criticize
educational peers or share political, religious and cultural views that
could hurt their career even when not in school. The perceptions have
the potential to have a career effect and ripple effect across the
educational career.

Professional behavior should be exhibited at all times, teachers are
“called to a higher sense of responsibility” stated by a North Carolina
teacher where several teachers have been fired because of their
Facebook entries about students, parents and even educational peers.
The “content’ of writing causes pause in reflecting about the right to free
speech and the right to post content on social sites. The challenge comes
in question when there is reference to the student’s ability to perform in the
classroom, color of the student, cultural background and academic ability.
Teachers need to understand there is a First Amendment Right addressing
freedom of speech, but how is this presented in the responsibility to be
professional, compassionate and sensitive to the feelings of students and

Common sense issues are interconnected, teachers should not post things
that are private and confidential about a student. Even if blowing off
steam a wrong wording or TMI (to much information) can lead to privacy
issues of students and families.

Over 25 years of public education as I have experienced , there is an increase
of teachers that express their opinions, emotions, and ideas on digital platforms
that do not think before they post.  What a teacher may think as funny and
harmless can be hurtful and damaging in the present and the future. Words
of wisdom when posting about the classroom; if you feel comfortable saying
it to parents and in public then you should be able to say it in a Blog or on FB.
Technology can break down walls and allow for collaboration, particularly
with parents, the community and with educational peers. Teachers should always
be cautious about their online content especially if it relates to their work with

As I have learned from other’s experiences and mistakes, things in your
personal life can and do relate to your professional life and vice versa.
If you have certain opinions about students and parents it is best not to post
them online. When teachers were fired for their Facebook comments in North
Carolina, Tom Hutton an attorney for the National School Boards Association
stated, “this is a new frontier in education, where technological and social norms
are outpacing law and policy.” Teachers should not be their student’s nor parents
Facebook friends, share Twitter tweets nor should students be mentioned in
personal blogs that may embarrass or demean.

The potential is just too dangerous professionally and personally. School districts
now have policies on digital engagement to protect the district from legal actions,
but not he individual educator or administrator.
All teachers, teacher assistants, administrators, cafeteria workers, custodians and
event school volunteers must be smart, be professional, and be compassionate
of the feelings of others.
Teachers carry power, our words can educate, inspire or they can damage/destroy
hopes, dreams and feelings. It is up to individual teachers to choose how they
want to be remembered or forgotten.


Six Ways to Avoid Those Social Media Landmines by Gwyneth Jones


September 5, 2018

Impact Biz Jax – Building and Encouraging Business Ownership and Entrepreneurialism

Impact Biz Jax – Building and Encouraging Business Ownership and Entrepreneurialism
William Jackson and Aida Correa

#ImpactBizJax What a great event for business owners, artists,
entrepreneurials, dreamers, college students, youth, teens and
young adults to gather together in celebration of business dreaming,
building financial stability, growth and development and building a
stronger Brand.
Creating generational wealth for families.
The opportunity to interact with, speak with, engage with, potentially
collaborate with and share ideas and best practices related to business
empowers business owners and establishes their value in the
communities they serve.
Participating in In the Small Biz Chats, strategic networking,
Pitch Contest, and shopping with small business owners created an
excitement that this event would expand in the future for Jacksonville’s
small business and diverse community.

Aida Correa of #LoveBuiltLife, owning multiple businesses for several
years, shares that it was a great experience and a great opportunity
for the vendors (like her) who could share their talents and skills in a
welcoming and encouraging environment and to sell their products,
learn how to improve inventory, marketing and building strong Brands.
The atmosphere was friendly, welcoming and seeing so many
businesses was encouraging as a woman business owner, stated
Ms. Correa.

Participating in the “Pitch Competition” was a wonderful opportunity
to show how important it is to define your Brand as a business and
share its’ viability and growth potential.
Ms. Correa a national WordCamp speaker, poet, artist, web developer
and community volunteer stated strongly, the “pitch competition,” a do
or die moment that showed that you believe in yourself and your business
or you don’t.
The diversity of the event showed that diversity does matter economically,
culturally and socially. Many business owners proudly stated their heritage,
Latina, Haitian, African American, Hispanic, Latino and other cultures
attending brought a flavor of social growth and community unity.
The youth, teens and young adults attending saw people that looked
like they do provide encouragement and visual/mental validation their
abilities to dream of being a business owner and not just a consumer.

Edward Waters College was represented with the involvement of one of
her own students who earned a cash prize for his business. This shows
that particularly EWC students should be and need to be involved in future
business events to learn the soft-skills, higher order and critical thinking
necessary to be a business owner.
The concern is there was very little participation from EWC
business students who will be competing for jobs with students
attending UNF, JU and other higher education institutions. If EWC
students are to be competitive they must be involved in events
like these to acquire skills and valuable networking practice.

“I personally loved that Impact Biz Jax was able to provide a
$500 New Town Success Zone Small Business Grant for a
student at Edward Waters College sponsored by the Jax Chamber
and Chase Bank. For me, as a Higher Education Consultant, young
adults are the heartbeat of our community and they need financial
support, professional skills training, and career guidance to live
up to their full potential.

Impact Biz Jax is a relevant resource that provided funding and
invaluable connections.” Lequita Brooks, LCSW

William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach, past instructor at EWC
taught Educational Technology, Social Media and STEAM
shared that, classroom instruction cannot truly “teach” what
can to be learned from engagement, mentoring, interactivity
and gaining wisdom from those that have gone through the
fire and rain of fulfilling a dream of being a business
owner. “EWC students need to be involved, engaged and active
if they want to compete in highly competitive business and tech
careers. If they want to make changes in the community they live
in or be prepared to be a thought leaders or agents of community
change they need exposure outside of the classroom.”

George Maxey, Executive Director of New Town Success Zone
arrived to the cheers of the audience because of his continued
encouragement of business ownership with New Town Success
Zone and Vision Keepers.

The availability of engagement and providing resources and
chances for collaboration in the community. There is always the
need for volunteers for New Town Success Zone and Vision
Keepers. Improvement in the community must come from within
the community not from outside.

The Economic Development Sub-committee managed by Wiline
Dennis has monthly meetings to support business development
within the New Town area. This includes credit building, access
to grants, networking, capital for funding, counseling and other
services needed to start, build and maintain a business.

Minority business owners have resources that are for them to
establish a consistent business for growth and building capital.
More events will be made available in the future so the
community must stay active and engaged in Impact Biz Jax
and New Town Success Zone / Vision Keepers.

The Pitch
William Jackson’s Pitch My Quest To Teach
Aida Correa’s Pitch Love Built Life

Photos and video can be found at the links below.
Impact Jax Resources:
New Town Success Zone and Vision Keepers

Aida Correa Love Built Life
William Jackson My Quest To Teach

August 27, 2018

Preventing Bullying in Schools – Preparing Parents and Students

B.O.N.D. Back To School Bash in Partnership
with The i.W.A.N.N.A. Project and My Quest To Teach

Organizers and Speakers of BOND

Organizers and Speakers of BOND








Prevent Bullying in Schools –
Empowering Students
and Parents
by William Jackson, Edited by Ale’ta Turner

The issue of bullying is a danger that influences
the physical, mental and emotional security that
disrupts the culture of learning and inclusiveness
in schools. Bullying, harassment, violence, teasing
and other ways to take away the feelings of
acceptance, disrupts the culture of equality for
boys and girls and the stability of a learning culture
where everyone can be successful. Bullying destroys
the atmosphere of a classroom, of a school and even
influences the culture of community where students

Bullying takes these away and creates an underlying
level of fear, lowering of students’ self-esteem and
personal well-being. There is bullying unfortunately
happening in schools and students need to understand
they have rights that protect them and parents have
rights to information.
Hear the story of bullying….

The vision of The Turners with their son who
experienced bullying during the 2017 – 2018 school
year was to provide an opportunity with partnerships
to teach youth how to prevent bullying and embrace
learning. There are unfortunately too many students
that feel teachers do not care, administrators turn a
blind eye to bullying and some parents encourage it
as a badge of honor.

At the bash, Dr. Christina Williamson of
“The i.W.A.N.N.A Project” and William Jackson of
“My Quest To Teach” provided an interactive workshop
for young men and parents to help provide resources,
teach about the laws, documentation and personal
growth models to empower the young men attending.
To encourage the young men, they were provided lunch
boxes, book bags and other instructional materials to
prepare them to have a successful school year.
The ABC’s of Advocacy, Bully Prevention and
Community Resources set a foundation to talk to
the parents, ask questions and be engaged in
role playing, hands-on project based learning
and a Bully Pledge.

Ale’ta and Allan along with their son that experienced
bullying at their past school did not allow these
unfortunate events to keep them down. They turned
the situation around to empower, educate and encourage
others. There is more that can be done by parents,
continued community partnerships, empathy and prayer.
It will take a village to make the needed changes, if
there is not a serious effort that models Ale’ta and Allen,
kids will continue to fear going to the “safe place” that
schools should be.

More information can be obtained by contacting:
Web site:
Past Bullying Blog:
Bullying Will Not Destroy Me
Duval Schools Prevent Bullying Resources:


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