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.
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.