Nancy was born in Chattanooga to Bill Jackson, a washer/dryer repairman who eventually opened his own business, and Juanita Huffard Jackson, who was a stay at home mom, until earning her degree a semester after Nancy, and then began a career in children’s services becoming a foster parent recruiter.
After attending Harrison Elementary, Brown Middle, and Central High Schools, Nancy left for Freed-Hardeman University, a small Christian college in West Tennessee. She returned to the Chattanooga area about 17 years ago with her husband, Joel Baxley, an art educator, and her two daughters, Sarah and Madeleine, and has been active in her community through her Church, local schools, and other various community services.
Nancy holds a degree in Teaching Social Studies 7th through 12th grades and a Middle Grades certification for 4th through 8th grades. She has taught children in state custody, in private school, in homeschool, and in the Hamilton County schools. Over the years, she has taught a wide range of subjects including: Advanced Placement World History, Advanced Placement US History, Government, Economics, Psychology, and English.