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Employee Spotlight-Jacobs

Trudy Jacobs, Ed.D. | Director, SIC White County Center


Spotlight Candidate
Trudy Jacobs

Education:

  • B.S. in Education from Eastern Illinois University
  • M. A. from University of Evansville
  • Ed.D from Oakland City University

Awards and Organizations:

  • Kiwanis Educator of the Year for Unit District #5
  • Alliance Coal Teacher Achievement Award
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers

Years of Service at SIC:
Several years teaching SIC classes and Director of the White County Center since 2008.

Have you held other positions at SIC?
I taught English and speech classes for several years at SIC before becoming the director of the Carmi campus.

What positions have you held prior to SIC?
I was the senior English teacher and sophomore speech teacher at Carmi White County High School.  I was the sponsor of the National Honor Society, the Language Arts Department Chair, and a member of many committees.  I also taught graduate education classes for Performance Learning Systems.

What does SIC mean to you?
To me, SIC means a family-friendly, warm and inviting place for students to further their education.  Everyone at SIC sincerely cares about the welfare of the students, and we want them to know how important they are to us.  SIC to me personally also means an avenue in which I can continue working in the educational field, which I have loved since I decided to become a teacher at the age of 8.

What's your favorite memory at SIC?
I enjoy my current position because along with the various administrative duties, I also have the opportunity to work with students, advise them, register them, and assist them in whatever way I can.  However, one of my favorite memories is when I was teaching the SIC English classes and some of my former students at CWCHS who had graduated returned in the summers to take my ENG 121 classes.  It was like a homecoming!  Another memory from years ago is when I was a speech team coach at Carmi White County High School and brought students to SIC’s high school tournament.  That is where I met Gary Allen, Paul Cummins, and George Dennis, who worked with the speech teams. Those tournaments hold very special memories.

What do you do in your spare time?
I cherish family time, so the time I spend with my husband and son is very special.  I am also a huge animal lover, and I greatly enjoy walking or playing fetch with our dogs.  One of my hobbies is doing counted-cross stitch needlework, which I often give as wedding or baby gifts, but my favorite hobby of all is traveling.

Where’s your favorite vacation spot?
I have too many to name since I was very fortunate to help chaperone student trips to England, France, and Spain.   However, my favorite family vacation spot was probably Hawaii.

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?
Besides my immediate family, I might choose Tom Selleck.  (I think a few other gals might agree. Just look at that smile and those dimples!) :)

What's the best piece of advice you've ever heard, or the best piece you can give to others?
My favorite quote I posted in my high school classroom was, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”  I now have a plaque in my office with a quote by Mother Teresa that says, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”  I think kindness is one of the most important qualities a person can share with others.