Mrs. Jackvony is a second grade teacher at Pleasant View Elementary School. She has been teaching for more than 29 years.


Q: What inspired you to become a teacher?

Claudia Jackvony (CJ): I knew I was good at working with kids (it was gift);it was a gift. I was motivated to teach because of my love for kids and wanting to make a difference.


Q: What is your motto as a teacher?

CJ: “I believe that children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside. Give them a sense of pride”, from the song Greatest Love by George Beason


Q: If you could have a teacher superpower what would it be?

CJ: I would give kids the motivation to learn and show them what they are capable of. I would also like to know immediately what the kid’s passions are and what motivates them [to understand their needs].


Q: If you had the chance, what would you tell 2nd grade you?

CJ: Do what you love to do, don’t sweat the rest.


Q: What’s your favorite thing about Pleasant View?

CJ: I love that we get to address a whole child. There’s no pacing and and we’re able to take time off the curriculum to address social-emotional stress.


Q: How would you describe City Year's Impact at Pleasant View?

CJ: City Year helps me academically and socially-emotionally with the kids.


Q: How do you see that having a City Year corps member makes a difference in the lives of students?

CJ: I see in one particular student that every time he is upset he asks for the corps member because they have developed a strong relationship. They both have a similar interest in Hip-Hop. City Year is a positive role model in my class.


Q: Is there anything else you want to say about City Year?

CJ: The data is impressive but it doesn’t show everything. Cit Year is making a difference beyond the data

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