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Jackson joins English faculty


Tanner Jackson of Opp is completing an education circle as he begins a new role at LBW Community College in Andalusia.

Having attended LBWCC as a student and working as a part-time faculty member for more than three years, he now steps into the position of full-time English and speech instructor.

“I love LBW,” he said. “I had such a positive experience here as a student and as an adjunct instructor. When I decided what I wanted to do is teach at a community college, LBW was the one and only place I thought about teaching.” 

He holds a Master of Science Degree in Education with a concentration in English and a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in English and a minor in psychology, both from Troy University.

Jackson is an Opp native and said he grew up always enjoying helping people. 

“My dad, Larry Jackson, always said, ‘People don’t care what you know until they know that you care.’ That’s my philosophy. I feel like I can do that at a community college.”

His teaching background includes more than four years at Opp Middle School and more than three years as an adjunct English instructor at LBW. He also taught full-time spring and summer terms this year at a community college in Dothan.

“I enjoyed teaching in Dothan, but that was not home. This is my community.”

When he and wife, Brittany Boyd Jackson, had the opportunity to return to Covington County, they took it. She accepted a position with 21st Century Oncology as a radiation therapist. A couple of weeks later, he saw the posting for the English instructor position at LBW.

Now he has an office in the same building where he took an English class as a student at LBW and looks forward to filling his new role and providing a positive educational experience for others.

LBWCC’s fall term begins Aug. 18. For more information, call 334-222-6591.

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