Jacqelle Lane M. Ed. is currently a sixth grade English Language Arts teacher in Omaha, Nebraska. She has been teaching since 2009. When people ask her if she has children of her own, her favorite response is “Well, certainly, I have 136 of them that I teach every day and I love them like they are my own.”

Since 2009, Jacqelle has been passionate about her platform “Every Child Matters: Preventing Teenage Suicide and Reducing Bullying.” Since she has the opportunity to teach over 136 children a day in the mainstream classroom so also, unfortunately, she witnesses how detrimental bullying can be to a child’s psyche. It is also what fueled Jacqelle’s passion for writing the book “From Bully to Bestie” a guide for students, teachers, parents, and counselors on strategies that students can use to cope with bullying behavior and create more positive behaviors along the way.

In Jacqelle’s home state of Nebraska on average an adolescent commits suicide every 36 hours. As a sixth grade teacher, she works with eleven and twelve-year-olds and an even more devastating fact is that suicide is the second leading cause of death in ages 15-24 according to Suicide Facts & Figures: Nebraska 2018/

Jacqelle teaches her students
to be prepared not just with academic capabilities but she also prepares them with the social skills necessary to be successful in other areas of their lives.

Jacqelle empowers her students to be kind to others and to be content within themselves so that they can go on to be emotionally, physically, and verbally ready to take a stand for themselves and for others.

It is Jacqelle’s hope and mission that students leave her classroom comfortable enough in their own skin that they are able to celebrate their uniqueness and the uniqueness of others.