Jackie Stern’s professional life has been focused on special education and elementary education. She has taught in special education in the Orleans Parish Public Schools; worked as an assistant director at two different summer camps focused on special needs children; founded the first summer program for autistic children in the New Orleans area; served as a therapist on a team of professions at LSU Medical Center working with autistic and emotionally disturbed children, and, most recently, taught a class of ten prisoners at Orleans Parish Prison a curriculum that included Shakespeare and mediation. Within the Jewish community, she has served on the boards of JCRS, Shir Chadash, and the JCC (where she was responsible for the Holocaust Memorial Program), and she was board president of the Communal Nursery School. Jackie has also been involved in local efforts aimed at prison reform and worked on campaigns to defeat David Duke and to combat the racism that spawned him. She and her husband have raised five daughters, two of whom she homeschooled until they entered high school.