Edmond North’s Stacy Jackson: Mom of the Month – Presented by Dr. Craig Kupiec, INTEGRIS Family Care Edmond East

Stacy Jackson graduated from Edmond Memorial High School and although she said she didn’t play any sports growing up, she is enjoying the experience of having an athlete of her own to support. Her son, Parker, is a senior at North who is a cross country and track distance runner. He will attend the University of Central Arkansas on a running and academic scholarship next year. She also has a daughter, Meg, who is a junior involved in Student Council and Orchestra.

Jackson is a Gifted and Talented teacher at Cheyenne Middle School in Edmond. She has also helped with the cross country and track programs at the school for the last four years.

“I am the secretary of the ENHS track and field booster club,” she said. “I coordinate sack lunches for every athlete when they attend a track meet and run the concession stand for home meets. I help decorate for the end of the year banquets and of course try to be their number one fan!”

Jackson feels that the most important aspect of parenting an athlete is to be present and supportive.

“Years ago, my daughter’s ice skating coach had all the parents sign a form that read, ‘The coach’s job is to coach. The parents’ job is to love and support.’ That advice has stuck with me,” said Jackson. “My son doesn’t win every race, but I try to abstain from coaching and just let him know I love him no matter what. And when he does run a great race, I make sure to praise him for his hard work more than the win.”

Another way Jackson goes above and beyond to support Parker is by, in her words, giving him “the opportunities to succeed.” This has even included helping him get his runs in when on vacation.

“Parker is one of those runners who does not veer from his running plan. He only takes a day off when he needs to for recovery. This can be difficult with family plans, but we have finally learned to just go with it,” said Jackson. “Once, we were in Boston on vacation and Parker needed to run 13 miles. We are from an Oklahoma suburb, so I was not comfortable with just letting him run around Boston on his own. So, I got up early with him, gave him a 1/2 mile route to run back and forth, and sat at a Starbucks in the middle. He passed me 26 times. Another time, in New York, I rented a bike and followed him around Central Park. I have tried to do everything I can to support him because I know that his training is important to him.”

For her dedication to her kids and the Edmond North community, Stacy Jackson is our Edmond North Mom of the Month.