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Jennifer Jackson poses for a portrait on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in Yakima, Wash.

The daughter of Yakima School District educators, Jackson prefers working in the classroom where she can have a direct effect on the lives of her students, many of whom would be considered at-risk. Her colleagues say she helps her students any way she can, and never gives up on them or their parents.

"I love my job, and who I get to spend my day with," Jackson said. "Not everybody can say they get to enjoy the people they spend their day with."