Franklin Classical Middle School’s Campus Security Officer Robert “Robby” Jackson accepted the Classified Employee of the Year Award at this week’s Board of Education meeting as colleagues cheered at the surprise announcement.
Jackson, who has worked at Franklin since 2002, said he was deeply touched by the honor.
“I was definitely overwhelmed,” he said. “To me, it’s not an individual award but a thank you to so many others who we work with.”
Jackson is a former Franklin student. He also attended Jordan High School and served as the student member on the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education.
“I went back to work at Franklin because I’m an Eagle Scout, and one of the first things you learn is to give back to those who gave you so much,” Jackson said.
In nominating him for the award, colleagues described him as well liked by both staff and students – a person who commands respect while still exhibiting great care and concern for children. Jackson greets each student personally every day, and every student knows his name. He serves as a role model, in part by wearing the school uniform daily.
Sixty-five nominees vied for the award. The nominees and seven finalists, including Jackson, were honored at a recent Ice Cream Social. The finalists also were honored at this week’s board meeting.
The six other finalists were Keith Adkins, Multimedia Services; Alyce Coburn, Hill; Joanne Kageno, Elementary Office; Terry Reichardt, Alvarado; Cynthia Schiavo, Hoover; and James Sharrar, Hill.