Nick Jackson teaches 4th grade at State College Friends School, a school guided by the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship, in State College, Pennsylvania. Here, he and other teachers enjoy much autonomy in their classrooms, and Nick has designed and integrated an innovative curriculum for language arts, science, and social studies. In addition to curriculum development, Nick has spearheaded numerous projects such as the middle school musical, the all-school writing project, and several fundraisers to help build school in other countries. He also serves as the head soccer and basketball coach and formed acting and movie clubs. Nick would ultimately like to create his own charter school founded on the Circle of Courage, a model of youth empowerment based on Native American philosophies and universal values of interrelatedness and community.