The Story follows Reuben Jackson in his first year as a teacher at
Burlington High School. At 55, Jackson left his job at the Smithsonian
for this major career change.
Reuben Jackson is a poet, radio commentator, and music critic. He was curator of the Smithsonian Institution’s Duke Ellington Collection from 1989 until December 2009. His poems have been published in 28 anthologies, journals, and magazines such as Gargoyle, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, and Indiana Review, and he is the author of a volume of poetry entitled Fingering the Keys, which won the 1992 Columbia Book Award. His radio essays have aired on National Public Radio and WAMU FM.
Jackson now teaches music at Burlington High School. Dick Gordon of The Story brings us his story as it unfolds in the coming months.
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Aug 31, 2011 Conducting a New Orchestra: First Time Teacher at 54
Oct 13, 2011 In Class with Mr Jackson