Jackie Dillersberger

Jackie Dillersberger started at Pleasant Grove Elementary School in 1998 as a general education elementary school teacher. A few years into her teaching career, she had an involved, non-verbal student with autism placed in her 2nd grade classroom for inclusion and social opportunities. This was Jackie’s first experience with students with autism and the start of her journey learning about students with ASD. She created materials on his level so that he could participate in activities with the class. Fast forward a few years and many students later, Jackie felt the call to become an ESE teacher after serving for many years as the general education teacher in a co-teaching situation. In this, Jackie served as the ESE teacher in a co-teaching partnership that was truly a partnership of teaching. She then transitioned into a self-contained classroom for students with autism of varying abilities for a school year before going back to her calling as an ESE co-teacher in the general education setting. Since the beginning of working with students with autism, Jackie has earned her master’s degree in exceptional student education and is now serving as an ESE staffing specialist at Rock Crusher Elementary School in Citrus County.