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New St. Mary principal doing what she loves

Dr. Cynthia Jackson is excited to be the new principal at St. Mary School in Orange. She has gone full circle in returning to a Catholic school.
Born and raised in Opelousas, La., she attended Holy Ghost Catholic School and graduated from Opelousas Catholic High School.
She would soon leave the small Louisiana community behind. After getting married Jackson began bouncing around the globe with her husband, who was in the U.S. Navy. She found herself living in Japan and Guam. She visited Thailand and Australia. She even asked her husband to reenlist one more time so that they could possibly be stationed in Europe, but he decided to retire.
Dr. Jackson moved with her husband when he was stationed in Norfolk, Va., New Orleans, La., then Beaumont, Texas where they bought a home. Dr. Jackson said she is in a place in her career where doing what she loves is important, and her heart guided her back to Catholic Schools, where she truly believes students get a better education. She is very excited about being at St. Mary.
Dr. Jackson said she loves the fact that St. Mary is a “generational school.” Many of the student’s grandparents and parents also went to St. Mary. Many of the school’s employees also went to school there.
Dr. Jackson noticed immediately that the teachers at St Mary “are so positive” and “take initiative” before even being ask or assigned a task. She also likes St. Mary because the “overall climate is very peaceful.”
Dr. Jackson started her teaching career in a very different environment in New Orleans at Greggory Middle School. She said that this experience moved her the most as she worked with economically disadvantaged kids.
She also taught at Austin Middle School and Vincent Middle School in Beaumont, Sam Houston Elementary and Booker T Washington Elementary in Port Arthur before returning to a Catholic school.
When Dr. Jackson was asked why she would leave the public school system she said “public education moved more toward teaching test preparation.” She feels students taught under this system may not be gaining the knowledge they will need later in life.
Dr. Jackson obtained her master’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in human relations from Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. Later she would add a certificate in administration and a doctorate in education leadership from Lamar University in Beaumont.
Dr. Jackson is a member of the National Association of University Women and the Texas Association of Elementary Principals. She serves as a greeter at Our Mother of Mercy Church in Beaumont. She has volunteered at Elijah’s Place and has been a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer.
Dr. Jackson’s son-in-law also retired from the U.S. Navy. She has one daughter and one 11-year-old granddaughter. Her favorite hobby is reading and a couple of authors she likes are Sydney Sheldon and Maeve Binchy.

By | 2016-10-13T14:46:36+00:00 October 13th, 2016|English, ETC Online, This Just In|0 Comments
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