Jacqueline Lamb was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from Cleveland State University in 2012 with her bachelor’s degree in Special Education (Mild/Moderate). Jacqueline began working for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) in 2013 as a Family and Community Engagement Coordinator where she supported networks of schools in building family/school partnerships for student academic success. She then led and piloted CMSD’s Academic Parent Teacher Teams (APTT) program that promoted partnerships between parents and teachers in kindergarten through third grade. This partnership focused on shaping and sustaining foundational literacy and math skills.
In 2018, Jacqueline began working for the New York City Department of Education (DOE) as a Training Manager in the Office of Family and Community Empowerment. During her time at the DOE, she developed training and built the capacity of parents, community members, teachers, and New York City’s DOE staff on the importance of parent leadership in schools for student academic success. She also worked on Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s Community Schools Initiative by developing training for over 250 community school directors and giving them tools to bridge family and community empowerment to community wraparound services.
Jacqueline left New York City to attend graduate school at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where she studied the foundation of education and its connection to the Black community. In August of 2021, Jacqueline graduated with her master’s degree in Social Foundations and Community Education. She moved back to Cleveland, Ohio, to be with her family and to work for Open Doors Academy with the goal of ensuring afterschool enrichment supports and meets the needs of students, families, schools, and communities.