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NHCS' Emma Jackson and Scott Brawswell Honored
as Local Superheroes with "Great Friends to Kids" Awards

New Hanover County Schools' Emma Jackson and Scott Braswell both received the Children's Museum's "Great Friend to Kids" award yesterday for dedicating their lives to children. ​The Children's Museum of Wilmington honors individuals and organizations across the community who make significant and outstanding contributions to strengthening and advancing the interests of children. Superintendent Tim Markley said, "The district is very fortunate to have outstanding educators like Emma and Scott. The tremendous impact they have made on the lives of our students over the years cannot be measured."


Emma H. Jackson, Director of Title I and Federal ProgramsMrs. Jackson, NHCS Director of Title I and Federal Programs, received the Museum's "Curiosity Award" for "always searching for ways to provide a better educational start for our area's children by improving their opportunities and encouraging their dreams." She was the leading force behind the district being awarded the Head Start grant last year and is probably best known for her dynamic leadership as a principal, notably of Gregory School of Science, Mathematics and Technology.

The former James B. Dudley Elementary School is where Mrs. Jackson began her career with NHCS as a teacher. She went on to become an assistant principal and principal of many schools. In September 2006, she became the Executive Director of Instructional Services and Title I until becoming the Federal Programs Director.

Mrs. Jackson has served numerous organizations. She is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the National Alliance of Black School Educators. She has served for two terms on the annual Testing Commission, where she chaired the Writing Sub-Committee. She also served on the North Carolina Commission on Education for Economic Growth, the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center and the New Hanover County Schools Senior Quality Council, Recruitment Committee, Testing Committee and Redistricting Committee.

A prominent leader in the community and across the nation, Mrs. Jackson is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, The Links, Incorporated and Jack and Jill of America. She has served in local and national positions in all of these prestigious public service organizations. She is listed in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, Outstanding Young Women of America, and Who's Who in American Education.


Scott Braswell, Head Football Coach, Hoggard High SchoolScott Braswell received the "Inspiration Award" for "inspiring student-athletes to excel through dedication, hard work and consistency both on and off the field." He has been the head football coach at Hoggard High School since 1997. He inherited a football program that had not had a winning season in 10 years. He took that team to the playoffs his first year and the Hoggard football program has not experienced a losing season since his arrival. In fact, Coach Braswell has won the conference championship 10 times in the past 13 years. In 2006, the Vikings reached the final four in state playoffs in North Carolina and in 2007, the Vikings won the 4A State Championship. He has been recognized as Conference Coach of the Year 10 out of the 13 years he has been at Hoggard. He served as an assistant coach in the Shrine Bowl in 2004 and as an assistant in the East West Allstar Game in 2005. He also won the NCHSA award, “8 Who Make a Difference.” In 2007, he was the Carolina Panthers Coach of the Year, North Carolina Coach of the Year and the Red Zone Coach of the Year.

The impact and influence he has had on young student athletes is immeasurable. Coach Braswell’s influence on his players can best be measured by their perception of him. Jonathan Cooper, offensive lineman for the Arizona Cardinals, says “he truly cares about all of his players.” Brandon Miley, once a quarterback at Presbyterian College, said “He teaches us that our priorities should be faith, family, and football.” ​*


*Information provided by the Children's Museum of Wilmington.​


Posted: 02/19/15