Leon County Schools Superintendent, Rocky Hanna, and Scott & Wallace, surprised the seventeen year, Fort Braden Elementary School Principal, Jimbo Jackson, as the December Principal of the Month.
2020 has been a challenging year for many, but especially for the leadership at Fort Braden Elementary whose team was directly impacted with the sudden and tragic loss of a valued staff member to COVID-19. Despite these immense and direct challenges associated with the pandemic, the school banded together with Jackson at the helm to provide students and families support both mentally, emotionally and educationally through virtual learning tools.
Fort Braden Elementary is Leon County’s only PreK through 8th grade school and Jackson has filled nearly every role within the school through the years. He was even a Pioneer student himself.
“The one thing that hasn’t changed in all my years at the FORT is the caring, committed, and family atmosphere unique to our PreK to 8th experience. The relationships built at Fort Braden inspire our students and stakeholders to new levels of excellence, not only in the classroom but also in their personal and professional lives,” said Jackson, who became principal of Fort Braden in July of 2008.
Scott & Wallace is in year three of its partnership with Leon County Schools to recognize the Principal of the Month. With 23 principals honored to date, Leon County Schools Superintendent, Hanna, selects a monthly winner based on numerous criteria, including: leadership, resiliency, morale, school beautification, and more.
“Our Leon County Principals spend so much time building others up, so the Principal of the Month Award came about as our opportunity, at the district level, to build the Principals up and recognize achievements, because there are many,” said Hanna.