About Mrs. Karla Randle-Jackson

NAME: Karla Randle-Jackson

SCHOOL: Richland Elementary

CLASS: Team Jackson 2-05

SCHOOL PHONE: 901-416-2148

All About Me

My name is Karla Randle-Jackson, I am a native of Peoria, IL. I have resided 
in the greater Memphis area for over 16 years. I have over 20+ years of 
experience in education ranging from Pre-K through High School. 

I have been married to Michael A. Jackson for over 22 years. We have three
children, Necos age 32, who resides in Colorado, Mikayla age 20, a sophomore 
at University of Memphis
and Kameron age 18, who will be attending his freshman year at Austin Peay 
State University this fall.

I have been employed as a teacher with  Shelby County Schools for 
13 years. This is my seventh year at Richland Elementary. My first year at
Richland Elementary I taught 4th grade and my second/third years I 
taught 2nd grade as a 2nd/3rd grade looping teacher. My fourth-current year 
has been in 2nd grade. I came to Richland Elementary via Cordova Elementary 
where I also taught 2nd grade. I am blessed to be a part of the Richland 

African Proverb

It takes a whole village to raise a child.

This Igbo and Yoruba (Nigeria) proverb exists in different forms in many 
African languages. The basic meaning is that child upbringing is a communal 
effort. The responsibility for raising a child is shared with 
the larger family (sometimes called the extended family). Everyone in the 
family participates especially the older children, aunts and uncles, 
grandparents, and even cousins. It is not unusual for African children 
to stay for long periods with their grandparents or aunts or uncles. Even the 
wider community gets involved such as neighbors and friends. Children are 
considered a blessing for the whole community. This 
communal responsibility in raising children is also seen in the Sukuma 
(Tanzania) proverb "One knee does not bring up a child" and in the Swahili 
(East and Central Africa) proverb "One hand does not nurse a 

In general this Nigerian proverb conveys the African worldview that emphasizes 
the values of family relationships, parental care, self-sacrificing concern 
for others, sharing, and even hospitality. 

This ancient African proverb teaches eternal truth. No man, woman, or family 
is an island.

In 1994 children's author Jane Cowen-Fletcher released a book, published by 
Scholastic Press, titled It Takes A Village in which a young African girl 
searches for her younger brother, only to find the rest of 
the village has been watching over him as well.

In 1996 Hillary Clinton, the wife of the then President of the United States, 
published a book on children and family values entitled "It Takes a Village" 
based on this proverb.