Jamaican Blazes Trail in U.S. Education Software Technology Company
Toni Jacobs has a passion for technology and education. It is that passion that landed her a top job at Rediker Software, a United States-based (US) company which provides school-management software to more than 2,000 schools worldwide and is ranked among the top 10 software solutions globally.
Her role at Rediker allows her to combine her love for technology and education.
"I attended Vaz Preparatory and passed my common entrance for Immaculate Conception High School. When I left Jamaica, we were just being introduced to computers; just imagine how excited I was to use this new technology. This sparked something in me and allowed me to dream big," she said in an email response to questions from The Gleaner.
Jacobs' interest in technology grew even more after she migrated to the US.
"I attended Bay Path University where I had the opportunity to work extensively with technology, and this sparked my interest even more. I got involved in education after landing a job in a specialised school and having to do everything on paper, which was frustrating. After pursuing my master's degree, the Lord had big plans for my life. I was fortunate to attain a job at Rediker Software, which is one of the most advanced school administrative softwares on the market today," she said.
Her official title is international account representative, but Jacobs sees her role as more than that.
"The language the world uses is sales, but I see my role at Rediker Software as building long, lasting relationships with schools all over the world. I've met some great people during my travels and they have now become lifelong friends. I have many stories to share and, hopefully, one day I will write a book to inspire others," she told The Gleaner.
So outstanding has her performance been at Rediker that she was the first employee to be inducted into the President's Club, an honour she has held for the past two years.
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With all of this success, Jacobs has not forgotten her roots.
"I'm very proud to be Jamaican and I took our software to Jamaica for an on-the-road presentation several years ago before our ministry saw the need to invest in such a powerful system. Every time I visit home, I set up appointments and meet with schools," she declared.
Even as she seeks to give back to Jamaica, Jacobs is intent on leaving a legacy behind.
"My role is not only to change the world, but to leave a legacy! I hope to continue to share the knowledge and experience that I have, so that it will make a difference, especially for the younger generation. I know change is a good thing; technology is the way of the future and I'm happy to be a part of this technological revolution in education," she said.