Dr. Jacqueline L. Sanderlin (Dr. Jackie) is an accomplished educator, author, community ambassador and empowerment speaker, whose commitment to urban communities has led to dramatic improvements in some of Southern California’s toughest schools. She has served over 30 years as a general education teacher, special education teacher, curriculum specialist, assistant principal, principal, program coordinator and executive director of school and community relations.
Dr. Jackie’s passion for community partnerships has led to over 350 community partners who invested in schools and communities in need! Her mission for community empowerment has led to educators and CEO’s around the country clamoring to incorporate her model into their schools and organizations.
She has earned a B.A. Degree in Communications/Public Relations, M.A. Degree in Special Education, both from Cal State University Dominguez Hills and Ed.D. in Education, Leadership, Administration, and Policy from Pepperdine University. She continued her education and graduated from the ACSA Superintendents' Academy and the Principals' Center at Harvard University. She is a proud advisory board member of the Social Emotional Learning Alliance for California (SEL4CA) and the co-producer of the Dr. Jackie STEM/STEAM program for Digital Hollywood.
During 2012 - 2014, her work landed her as a guest on the Ellen Show and became the consulting producer of the NBC reality show, School Pride. She went around the country, empowering community leaders to transform broken schools and make them into an oasis.
She is currently the Founder/CEO of the Why Not Incubator, which is a non-profit organization and designed to foster wellness, hope, and resilience to all communities. She is a frequent keynote speaker at many conferences and summits across the country.
Her passion and wide knowledge of community wellness and engagement is unparalleled!
Her motto is: community empowerment starts with you…why not?
Social Worker, Housing Specialist
YouTuber, Filmmaker, Chef
STEM Coach, Principal of GLAD Academics
Registered Nurse, UCLA
Managing Director, MindUP for Life: The Goldie Hawn Foundation
Former Superintendent, Jennings School District, MO
Educational Equity/Restorative Justice
Pastor, New Hope Baptist Church, TX
Educator & CEO, The Learning Coach, CA
General Manager, Pizza Studio, CA
WE Day Celebration 2020 - https://vimeo.com/freethechildren/review/418488962/928cb94f3f
Women in the World Summit - https://youtu.be/El_6YUWSicg
Scholastic Literacy Summit - http://edublog.scholastic.com/post/why-not-how-build-innovative-community-partnerships
Why Not Incubator Introduction from Dr. Jackie - https://youtu.be/9JF-hiZzghU
Road Trip Nation - https://roadtripnation.com/leader/jacqueline-sanderlin
Big Ideas Fest - https://www.bigideasfest.org/content/jacqueline-sanderlin
WE Day Minnesota – https://vimeo.com/freethechildren/review/246028135/bd34be9e45
WE Day Baltimore - https://vimeo.com/freethechildren/review/273551456/94fa325511
WE Day California - https://vimeo.com/freethechildren/review/270114218/9fdc533cca
The Art of Grounding and Appreciating Nature for Students in grades K-3) https://sway.office.com/vSkrjAEdBr9aLu1a
Youth, Take Charge of Your Future - https://sway.office.com/nviKXEyL7SuHtXHp
Taking Charge of Your Future (upper grades) - https://youtu.be/8CasrbR8soE
The Why Not Dance - https://youtu.be/eePqavwT_h4
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