Meet Jackie Mosqueda-Jones. Jackie is a long-time resident of Maple Grove. Forty-two years to be exact. She is currently a four-year old teacher in Columbia Heights and has known she wanted to be a teacher since the age of five.
While growing up she learned about small business as her dad owned multiple businesses. She was given opportunities to participate along the way such as taking inventory at his convenience store when she was quite young and becoming a real estate agent at his brokerages.
Out of college she married and was blessed to work part-time as a youth minister and in daycare so she could focus on raising her four children. And yet her dream of becoming a teacher never subsided. When her children were older, she started teaching in the ECFE program and has since taught all age levels from pre-K to college.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Maple Grove and what do you love to eat there?
A: El Rodeo. I have had many dates with my husband there. I like the Carnitas.
Q: Are you on any board of directors or do you hold any positions others would find interesting?
A: I am on the Independent School District 279 Osseo Area Schools Board and the Joint Board of the Northwest Suburban Integration School District
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in Maple Grove? What do you find interesting about him/her?
A: This is impossible to answer as I find nearly everyone interesting. When my husband and I were dating Yu Fong opened up. The couple that owns Yu Fong shared their stories with us and their food. They ended up catering our wedding 12 years ago. My family owned their own businesses when I was growing up and I just found the connection to watching their whole family work to make the business a success familiar.
Q: What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theatre? Anything you want to say about the movie?
A: I remember seeing ET in a drive through. I was obsessed with Reese’s pieces after that.
Q: What’s your favorite famous or inspirational quote or Bible verse(s)?
A: I was very blessed to receive a gift for my classroom in honor of my friend's sister who died after having a long teaching career. The gift was in a card with a quote which is sitting with me currently: "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." - Robert Louis Stevenson. This is the perfect quote for the heart of education.
Q: If you could join any past or current music group which would you want to join? Why?
A: Elton John's band. His life story touched me in a deep way. Also, I love a good crazy outfit!
Q: What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about Maple Grove? Please share the memory of that local business that makes it nostalgic for you.
A: The Lookout. My parents would bring us for a treat. We used to love the deep dried mushrooms. We watched Maple Grove build up.
Q: What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: I am a trained Lay Preacher for the Catholic Church.