"As a child, I was something of a loner. My friends were mostly fantasy creatures—odd ones, funny ones, nice ones, nasty ones. They were on call at any and all times, and I was pretty happy with the arrangement.When I started school, however, I realized there was a real world with real people, and that I had better join up. My only problem was that my fantasy folks kept getting in the way; so I made a deal with them—they were to stay out of school, and at all other times I would not only welcome them, I would make them into real-world creatures.It worked fine, and I’ve been doing it ever since."
Mr. Jackier was a loved and respected art teacher in the Northport (Long Island) School district for almost 20 years. He later became the first Director of Art and Media for the district and helped create a program that was widely acclaimed. He retired in 1982 and continues to bring his imagination to life in sculpture and painting.