About Jack

This is the Jack who inspired JackBeNimble.

Jack was an autistic high school student with Tourette's, ADHD and a passion for storytelling. In his grade school years, we home educated because we could not find a school that was a good fit for Jack - public or private. For 9th - 11th grades, he attended a public high school, spending half his days in special education and the other half in accelerated classes. We negotiated an extra year to build skills for college and Jack finished high school at a Kentucky public residential high school on a college campus. Unfortunately, he was not permitted to have the support of his IEP so it was a struggle and even now as a full time college student, Jack still has to contend with the disparities of understanding of not only his disabilities but of what is required to accommodate him. Check out our Dual Credit Policy brief here!

 

Like so many students with disabilities, Jack's educational journey has been challenging - not only for Jack and his family but for his educators as well.

 

Jack is one student - out of millions whose

lives are impacted every day by dedicated teachers, aides, and specialists doing what they can, often in spite of a system which exhausts and limits, rather than energizes and inspires.

 

JackBeNimble is dedicated to transforming the special education system for all those whose lives it touches - using the power of community, advocacy, and ingenuity.

 

We believe that special education does not have to be a battleground. We invite you to join us & Jack in reimagining special education so that it works for all - even Beau, Jack's best friend!

FOUNDERS & BOARD MEMBERS

Pinky Jackson

Co-Founder

Board CoChair

 

Communications

Community Relations

Organizing Guru

Compassion Ambassador

 

Parent of

Exceptional student

Steven Bradley

Board Adviser

 

Special Education Teacher (retired)

Autism & Learning Disabilities Specialist

Ambassador of Singing

Grandfather & Uncle to  Exceptional Children

 

Michigan

 

 

Jack Bradley

Co-Founder

Inclusion Ambassador

 

Student Voice Activist

Asker of Thought Provoking

Questions

Research/Synthesis

 

 

Andrew Brennen

Board Member

 

National Geographic Education Fellow & Explorer

Marginalized Students Crusader

 

Harvard University School of Education

Master's Student

Kentucky

Hiatt Allen

Board Adviser

Student Voice Activist

Technology Support

Public Policy

Research

Marginalized Students Crusader

Future Minister

Kentucky

 

 

Judith Bradley

Founder

Board Chair

 

Idea Architect

Strategy

Organizational & Instructional Design & Development

Parent of an

Exceptional student

Jessica Koehler,

Ph.D.

Board Member

Accreditation, Assessment, and Continuous Improvement Fellow, Department of Engineering, Wake Forest University,

Former Director of Research,

The Future Project

Marginalized Students

Crusader

Instructional &

Research

Design

Teacher of Gifted Students

North Carolina

Andrew Lee

Board Adviser

 

Stigma Buster

Future Project Graduate &

Champion

Ambassador of Joy

Former Marginalized Student

North Carolina

 

 

Liz Stone

Board Adviser


National Board Certified Teacher

Special Education Teacher

Inclusion Ambassador

Instructional Design

Teacher of Teachers

Sister of an Adult with Exceptionalities

Kentucky

 

 

Rachel Bradley

Sister in Chief

 

Communications & Media Facilitator

Student Voice Activist

Technology Problem Solving

MORE TO COME; SOME ARE SHY. WHAT ABOUT YOU?

Just A Few of Our Wonderful 
Friends & Encouragers 

Rachel Belin, Managing Director Kentucky Student Voice Team

 

Kentucky Representative Lisa Willner, Ph.D., Former Executive Director, Kentucky Psychological Association; Former Board Member, Jefferson County Public Schools

Andre & Joe Wilson, parents of  exceptional students

Krista Payne, parent of exceptional student

Brigitte Blom Ramsey, President & CEO, The Prichard Committee

 

Kentucky Senator Julie Raque Adams

 

Each of the teachers and family members willing to share their stories.

 

All students everywhere - you are our inspiration, our future, our hope.  

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