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 Jennifer Jackson        Dr. Jackson
                 Principal, Hexter Elementary School

Jennifer K. Jackson, Ph.D. is proud native Texan with nearly twenty years of classroom, school-based, and district-level leadership. As a classroom teacher, she taught high school and adult ESL as well as AP English and Media Literacy. She went on to work as a middle school librarian where she was named a Librarian of the Year finalist by the Texas Computer Educators Association.

Because of her work in literacy and technology, she was recruited by Irving ISD for the district’s high school English Language Arts Coordinator position where she developed one of the district’s first online courses in English and Communication Applications for the Texas Virtual School Network.  From there, she was recruited by Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts due to her reputation for forward-thinking ideas and innovation. She served as an Assistant Principal for five years.
 
Dr. Jackson’s research and teaching interests include visual literacy for critical thinking, arts integration, and the professional development of teachers. She has done extensive research on arts integration and believes it is the best way to engage students because it provides a solid, research-based framework for differentiation and personalized learning. She believes art-integration, along with her passion for closing the achievement and opportunity gap, will empower students to thrive in the global marketplace where creativity, invention, and problem solving are critical to success.