Pauline Jackson holds a BS in Child Development and Teaching from Michigan State University and a Masters in Child Development from Erikson Institute in Chicago, one of the leading graduate schools in child development in the country. She taught for 8 years in both private and public preschools in Chicago, where she won the Kohl McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Award in 1996, an award that recognizes teachers for their dedication, innovation, leadership, and relationships with children and families. She served as Parent Educator for a school district in Connecticut, where she also designed early childhood documental panels that were hung in the state capitol. She has presented workshops on early literacy and art, and served on numerous early childhood committees over the years. She is currently a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Pauline was born in Melrose, Scotland, home of Melrose Abbey, which the Kirk was modeled after. This is one of the many reasons she feels Kirk in the Hills Preschool has been a perfect fit for her since she began serving as director in 2001.