By Cindy McMahon
And just like that, the new school year is underway! While the Board of Education approved many new principal assignments across Buncombe County Schools for this year, we only have two new principals in the Reynolds District: Stanley Wheless at Reynolds Middle (formerly ACRMS Assistant Principal) and Angie Jackson at Fairview Elementary. Since Dr. Jackson is new to our district, I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce her to the community.
Jackson grew up in Spruce Pine in Mitchell County, a little over an hour from Fairview. “My mother and father had a strong commitment to education and the importance of school,” she said of her growing-up years. “These beliefs and values were instilled in both my sister and me at a very early age.”
This interest continued throughout high school, where she quickly learned through her work with preschools and youth groups that the most meaningful way to learn a topic was to actually teach it. “I loved the fact that children always ask the most interesting questions, challenging and prompting you to dig a little deeper to learn even more,” she said. “I love to learn and this drive and commitment to education guided me through high school and college.”
Knowing she wanted to major in education, Jackson chose UNC-Asheville for her undergraduate studies. And once she landed here, she knew this was where she wanted to settle. Her first job after graduating was at Weaverville Primary, but she didn’t rest on her laurels. While teaching kindergarten and first grade there, Jackson continued her education at Western Carolina, earning a Master’s degree in education and a degree in School Administration. With this degree, she was able to move up and become Assistant Principal at Glen Arden Elementary, where she worked for four years. From there she moved to a principal position at Black Mountain Elementary, and then became principal at Hominy Valley in 2005.
While at Hominy Valley Jackson continued her own learning, earning a doctorate in Educational Leadership. And the learning continued still further when she and her husband welcomed their new daughter in 2008. Their family moved to the Reynolds community in 2012, and they still live here.
Superintendent Tony Baldwin noted Jackson’s good fit with Fairview, saying, “Mrs. Jackson has earned a reputation throughout her career as a highly effective principal especially in the area of instructional leadership. I have no doubt that she will continue the tradition of excellence Fairview Elementary is known for.”
Agreeing with Baldwin’s praise of Fairview, Jackson added, “In my role as principal, I bring a strong commitment to continue the long tradition that Fairview has established in providing an excellent education for every child. I am excited that my daughter will attend FES and have the opportunity to explore the numerous learning opportunities that our school offers. I am honored to be a part of such a dedicated staff and supportive community.”
Please join me in welcoming Angie Jackson to Fairview Elementary!
Cindy McMahon is the Reynolds District Representative, Buncombe County School Board. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.