UMO Assistant Professor Sharon Jackson Gets the Boot

UMO Assistant Professor Sharon Jackson Gets the Boot

September 12, 2022
Contact:  Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations

MOUNT OLIVE – Assistant Professor of Biology Sharon Jackson got the boot.  Best of the Boot that is!  The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce and New Old North Media announced last week this year’s Best of the Boot winners in a variety of categories.  Jackson received accolades as Best of the Boot Professor at the University of Mount Olive (UMO).

Jackson began her teaching career at UMO in January of 2011.  A Mount Olive native, Jackson said, “I enjoy the small hometown feeling of Mount Olive.  I like to welcome students not only to UMO, but also to “Pickle Town” as our students often refer to Mount Olive. Both the town and the university are small communities where you get to know everyone, and you are allowed to be a part of their journey, if only for a little while.”

Jackson said the most enjoyable aspect of teaching for her is, “engaging with the students in the classroom, and learning where they are coming from and helping them progress to the goals they have set for themselves.”

Of being named Best of the Boot Professor at UMO, Jackson said, “I am honored to be recognized, along with everyone on the list.  It has meant that each of us have touch the lives of our students in a positive manner, both in and out of the classroom.”

In addition to Jackson, UMO Assistant Professor of Education Gail Herring earned second place, UMO Dean of the Tillman School of Business Dr. Kathy Best secured the third place position, and Assistant Professor of Music Jonathan Saeger was named honorable mention.

In its second year of existence, Best of the Boot received a staggering 16,000+ unique voter-cast ballots, more than doubling last year’s competition. Editor Ken Fine said, “Honoring the incredible community – and the people who make it second to none – will never get old.”

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