At a young age, Jackie’s family decided it would be best for their future to move from Mexico to the United States. They initially moved to Illinois but decided Texas had more opportunities. While in middle school, Jackie interviewed to be part of Early College High School at Midland College where she would go on to receive her Associate Degree in Arts and High School diploma. After completing a few more classes at Midland College, she realized that she was genuinely interested in criminal justice. Shortly afterwards Jackie transferred to Sul Ross State University.