Eric Jackson Proposed Candidate for Principal: NHMS

Eric Jackson Proposed Candidate for Nathan Hale Middle School Principal
Posted on 02/11/2021
In the Board of Education information packet released on February 10, 2021, Eric Jackson was announced as the proposed candidate for the position of principal at Nathan Hale Middle School. The Board will vote on Mr. Jackson’s appointment at their meeting next Tuesday night.  Please see below for additional information about Mr. Jackson’s background and experience. 
Please join us in welcoming Mr. Jackson to Norwalk Public Schools, and in thanking Dr. Jenna Masone for her tireless work and dedication to Nathan Hale this year as interim principal.  Dr. Masone will remain at Nathan Hale through the end of the school year before taking on a new role within the district. 
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Mr. Eric T. Jackson is the proposed candidate for the position of principal of Nathan Hale Middle School, effective July 1, 2021. Mr. Jackson brings 27 years of progressive experience as a professional educator at elementary, middle and high schools, and post-secondary levels. He returns to Connecticut from Sarasota, Florida, where he was principal at a high school of 2500 students. 

During his time at Sarasota County School District, Mr. Jackson was principal at several schools throughout the county, where he focused on increasing student achievement, social emotional development and building a positive school climate. Schools led by Mr. Jackson were recognized by Florida’s Department of Education as an A+ School, in conjunction with the Florida School Recognition Program for sustained, high student performance. 

As principal, Mr. Jackson implemented development opportunities for staff, and academic performance goals for students to increase college and career readiness and student growth. School grade performance at Sarasota High School increased from C to A during his tenure, and the graduation rate increased by seven points to 96 percent. 

Additional leadership positions include serving as a member of a steering committee to support teaching and learning aligned with district-level academic initiatives. He also worked to expand international baccalaureate, advanced placement, dual enrollment, and industry certification programs, increasing completion of college and career acceleration courses.

Throughout his career, Mr. Jackson spearheaded several community partnership initiatives, including working with city and local arts groups to bring high school talent and world-renowned entertainment to the community. He co-created a school diversity plan to enhance cultural responsiveness, building a respectful inclusive learning environment and supporting unique differences among students. Additionally, he designed and led an urban school partnership program to promote school practices that validate, recognize and value culture. He also coordinated with feeder schools leading to improved enrollment management. To give students a voice while maintaining a safe, respectful and positive learning environment, he established a student-leadership program.

Mr. Jackson holds the following certifications: Connecticut Provisional Educator: Educational Leadership, Connecticut Professional Educator (grades 7-12): Social Studies, State of Florida Professional Educator: Principal, Educational Leadership of all levels. 

Mr. Jackson continued his post-secondary education in the northeast. He holds a Sixth-Year in Advanced Graduate Studies, Professional Education from the University of Connecticut, a Master in Education, Educational Computing from the University of Hartford, a teaching certification in secondary education from Central Connecticut State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts.