Focusing on children and education

By Geri Gibbons - For the Times Leader
Jessica Sabol says that no matter what job she may hold in the future, children will always be her focus. - Sean McKeag | Times Leader

Jessica Sabol plays a key role in the education of children in public schools throughout the region.

As the Pennsylvania State Education Association’s region advocacy coordinator, the 32-year-old is a full partner in the design of products and training that teachers need in order to be successful in their classrooms.

Sabol regularly meets with education professionals to discuss attainment needs and the methods to go about reaching goals.

“I help educators find their voice through political and community advocacy.” she said. “The main objective of my current work is to build community collaboration to ensure high-quality education for all children.”

Sabol may have found her love for service as the director United Way of Wyoming Valley’s Success by 6 program from 2006 through 2008.

In her role at the United Way, she was responsible for planning and carrying out several programs and initiatives, while working with a diverse group of volunteers. She also coordinated advocacy and lobbying efforts for the passage of new and increased spending for early childhood education in the state budget.

Sabol also worked for the American Federation of Teachers as the interim director of the its early childhood nonprofit from 2008 to 2011.

In her role with the federation, she produced monthly e-newsletters, weekly alerts and professional resources for members. She also designed, developed and maintained three websites for the organization.

In that job, she also created and implemented a public awareness campaign entitled “Milestones Matter,” which raised awareness of developmental milestones in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

“I have worked on all levels for education of our nation’s children,” she said. “I am a leader, organizer, project manager, and multi-task employee. I do not settle for the ordinary. I do not settle for even the extraordinary. It is my hope that someday, all children will receive the highest quality of education regardless of zip code.”

Children, Sabol said, will always be her focus.

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Jessica Sabol says that no matter what job she may hold in the future, children will always be her focus.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/web1_TTL122016TwentyunderFortySabol.jpgJessica Sabol says that no matter what job she may hold in the future, children will always be her focus. Sean McKeag | Times Leader

By Geri Gibbons

For the Times Leader

Jessica Sabol

Age: 32

Company: Pennsylvania State Education Association

Job: Region advocacy coordinator

Quote: “The main objective of my current work is to build community collaboration to ensure high-quality education for all children.”