May 2012 Student Spotlight

May 2012 Student Spotlight



Jacquelyn (Jackie) Lesiak


Hometown: Grand Island, NE
Program of study: Educational Leadership Specializing in Secondary School Administration

Why did you choose Creighton? I earned my undergraduate degree (BA, History) and secondary teaching certificate from Creighton in 2001 and 2002, respectively. After graduating, I was away from Omaha and from Jesuit education for five years - one year in Steamboat Springs, CO, followed by four years of teaching at Juan Diego Catholic High School, in Salt Lake City, UT. So, when I returned to Omaha in 2007, I couldn't wait to get back home, to Creighton.

What made you decide to pursue education in this program? There's an old parable about the efforts of a group of villagers to save a number of babies found floating down a river. However, as the days go on, the number of babies floating down the river increases, and inevitably, not all of the babies can be saved. Eventually, a villager suggest that the rescuers venture upstream to see where the babies are coming from and find out why the babies are in the river, in the first place. Creighton's program for Educational Leadership Specializing in Secondary School Administration is a journey "upstream". The program examines critical educational issues and their causes, explores various "ways of proceeding" to address those issues, and ultimately, develops reflective school leaders who can affect the necessary changes for school improvement.

What are your interests outside of graduate school?  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, reading, cooking and am an avid fan of Jay Basketball, Husker football, and STL Cards baseball. I also work part time at Sur La Table, am active in the Junior League of Omaha, and am the Vice President of the Faculty/Staff Senate at Creighton Prep.

 What experiences at Creighton have best prepared you for life after Creighton? I've enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to reflect on my personal philosophies of learning, teaching, and leadership. The reflective essays, research projects, and presentations for the courses in the Educational Leadership program have encouraged me to work towards school improvement by seeking answers to pertinent questions that are relevant to my students and to my teaching.

What is your most memorable experience at Creighton? My most memorable experiences have been the Jays' Basketball games. The games give me a chance to spend some quality time with my family, enjoy a Greek salad from Katie's and a Bud Light from the Bud Zone, and cheer on the White and the Blue. Go Jays!!

What is one thing that you have accomplished that makes you proud? Although it may sound ridiculous, assembling my grill is something which am especially proud. In the process of purchasing my first grill, apparently I had not thought past the point of the sales associate loading the grill into my car. When I got home, I realized the box was too heavy for me to get out of the back of the car by myself. So, I had to put it together, and get it onto my deck "Johnny Cash Style" (one-piece-at-a-time). Conquering the grill gave me the confidence to tackle other projects of which I had previously been intimidated, such as replacing the flapper and flush-and fill-valves on my toilet, replacing the seal on my freezer, and cleaning, sanding and sealing my deck.

What have you most enjoyed about your experience at Creighton? I love that Jesuit charisms such as cura personalis, magis, and contemplation in action are not just phrases scrawled on walls, placards, and banners around the campus. These charisms permeate every area of every aspect of campus life--from the spiritual to the social, from the academic to the athletic. Creighton's faculty, true men and women for and with others, teach students how to think, not what to think.

Are you involved in any community service activities? I'm involved in the Junior League of Omaha. The Junior League of Omaha trains volunteers, raises funds, and provides leadership and volunteers for a variety of community programs and services.


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