Meet Jackie Epps –
Middle College Office Administrative Specialist
Where did you grow up? If not in Richmond, how long have you lived here, and what brought you here?
I was born in Richmond, Virginia, but moved to my hometown Amelia, Virginia, where I lived on my grandmother and grandfather's farm. It was always an adventure living on the farm as a kid - walking through the woods, dipping in the streams, running through the fields. Some of our favorite games were hopscotch, jumping rope, kickball and Annie-over. We worked the garden everyday and had fresh vegetables to pick and can for the winter.
How long have you been working at Reynolds?
I started to work at Reynolds in August of 1999 as a work study student. In 2003 I was hired part-time and became full time in 2006.
What do you like best about working at Reynolds?
Being a part of the Middle College as an Office Specialist - a program that provides a second chance for so many people. Also meeting old and new friends.
What is the most rewarding aspect of working in the Middle College?
I enjoy talking with people. My job provides me an opportunity to be a social person. I’m able to assist individuals with personal needs as well as academically. To see and hear a student say they have completed their first GED test is great. The most rewarding event is to see them with the blue cap and gown on for the first time in their lives marching across the graduation stage for all to see.
You are passionate about the City of Richmond and its citizens, if you could make one change to the City of Richmond to make it better, what would it be?
I would find a solution for gun violence by changing the gun laws.
Where is your favorite place to eat in Richmond?
It’s a toss-up between Mama J’s and the Croaker Spot, both of these restaurant have menus with a lot of options.
What is your dream vacation destination?
My dream vacation would be an island where I could go skydiving.
If you won $100 million dollars, what would you do with it?
I would invest in buying properties to refurbish for single families, single parent families and the homeless to have a place to call their own.
Who has inspired you the most during your life?
That would be my mother.
What’s your favorite movie and why?
Along Came A Spider, with Morgan Freeman, the suspense keeps you guessing what will happen next.
I am told you have a talent for remembering students’ names. How did you develop this talent, or where does it come naturally?
I’ve always had a knack for remembering names and numbers. When I started working with the Middle College it was important to remember each student by first and last name. We had several students with the same first name but not last. So I began to identify students by calling them by their first and last name. After a while it became a part of my daily routine as an admin.