Influential Educators

Influential Educators

Honor someone you feel has made a real difference in education in Jacksonville by making them an Influential Educator with a donation of $2,500 or more to the Jacksonville Education Foundation in their name.


Susan Phillips

In August, 2012, Austin Bank aptly named Susan Phillips as one of Jacksonville's Influential Indian. Susan has shown a lifetime of dedication to JISD.

After attending Jacksonville schools for all 12 years, Susan began a 40 year long teaching career in public schools with 27 of those being here in JISD. In August 2014, her daughter and son-in-law, Brandi and Pete Chilian, surprised Susan with the designation of Influential Educator. Susan currently serves on the board of Director’s of the Jacksonville Education Foundation and continues to volunteer in many capacities in the community. Susan exemplifies not only "Once an Indian, always an Indian" but "Once a teacher, always a teacher."


Mrs. Cordelia Adams

Jeff Austin, III, Vice Chairman of Austin Bank and President of the Jacksonville Education Foundation, presents the first Influential Indian Award to Dr. Cordell Adams who made a donation to the foundation in memory of his mother, Cordelia Adams, who was a long-time educator in the Jacksonville school district.


Danny Long

Danny Long was the 12th JHS coach in history coaching the Fightin’ Indians for twelve years from 1991-2002, tying him with the late Dick Sheffield (1959-1970) for the longest tenured head coach. Long was the head coach of the most total games JHS history (141), has the most wins (94) and has the highest winning percentage (67%).

In twelve years, Long took Jacksonville to the playoffs nine times. Four of his players from JHS went on to play in the NFL. After leaving Jacksonville in 2002, he went on to serve as the Tyler ISD Athletic Director and the Conroe ISD Athletic Director. The three McCown brothers from Jacksonville aptly named Danny an Influential Educator. Randy McCown, former Texas A&M quarterback presented the award. His brothers, Josh and Luke, are current quarterbacks in the NFL. All three McCown brothers were coached by Coach Long and are JHS graduates.