With a love of reading, writing, and “playing school” from an early age, Jacqueline “Jackie” Forte has always wanted to help children learn. As a teacher, she has found a home at MBS, where she appreciates the flexibility to explore various teaching methods, the school's forward-thinking philosophy, and the supportive community that fosters individuality and risk-taking.
As a high school student, Jackie tutored children at the San Juan Center in Hartford, Connecticut, and she taught CCD classes at her parish church. An English major (with minors in Secondary Education and Criminal Justice) at Eastern Connecticut State University, Jackie interned in the university’s English department, teaching Freshmen College Writing before earning her BA degree.
Following college, Jackie taught English at Rockville High School and Vernon Center Middle School (VCMS) in Connecticut. At VCMS, she helped develop, implement, and lead a program for “at risk” children. After taking time off to start a family, Jackie returned to education and began her career at MBS as a long-term substitute teacher, teaching math and science.
In 2009, Jackie joined Morristown Beard’s English Department, pursuing her passion to study and teach literature and writing. Presently, she teaches sixth grade English, and has also served as the sixth-grade team leader and a sixth-grade advisor. Jackie also assists the Middle School Consortium Forensics team and the MSMBS News Club, and serves an assistant coach for the Middle School cross country team, softball team, and the winter fitness program. In addition, she has served on both the Humanities Committee and the Admission Committee, and she has mentored new teachers.
Outside of school, Jackie’s interests include baking, reading, traveling, musical theater, and spending time with her family.