State Superintendent of Education for 16 years, Shelby Jackson was the first Master Teacher of Vocational Agriculture in Louisiana. He taught at Benton High School and Plain Dealing High School in the late 1920s. He was Assistant State Supervisor and Supervisor of Vocational Agriculture Education and was State Supervisor of the Louisiana Association for Future Farmers of America. Jackson also served on the Board of Trustees for the Louisiana Teachers’ Retirement System and the Louisiana School Lunch Employees’ Retirement System.