Paula Laurel Jackson, PhD

Dr. Jackson defines herself first and foremost as a global citizen. She spent her formative and  young adult years living between Jamaica, the United States, Namibia, Tanzania and Sierra Leone. As an adult, she lived in the UK, France, Spain, Canada and she has lived in Germany for the last 30 years.. 

Dr. Jackson’s career began as a concert pianist and performed as a soloist and chamber musician around the globe. She developed a passion for education during her travels gave up her career to complete a Masters degree in International and Comparative Education at Oxford University, a MPhil in Education at Cambridge University and a doctoral degree at the Institute of Education at the University of London.

Since 2015, Dr. Jackson has been teaching and working as a phenomenological researcher and advisor to schools,  Multilateral institutions, and educational foundations on various aspects of educational reform.

As a social entrepreneur, Dr. Jackson has created social ventures to empower children and women, from a traveling arts exhibit, to creative camps for children in Germany to Kiddify: the audio-visual wiki platform for kids-by kids to share their ideas and skills with each other around the globe.

As a writer, Dr. Jackson publishes under her middle name-Laurel P. Jackson. She believes in the transformative power of stories to touch hearts, open minds and connect worlds, and her books reflect that belief.

In 2021, Dr. Jackson was appointed the role of Global Citizenship at Barefoot Books, where she supports their mission of providing children of all backgrounds a mirror of their own lives through stories that inspire them to be compassionate, creative and curious global citizens.