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Dr. Eric Jones
Eric T. Jones was born in Tupelo, MS and raised in Starkville, Ms. His family eventually moved to Henderson, TN where he graduated from Chester County High School in 1998. Following graduation, Eric attended Middle Tennessee State University and Freed- Hardeman University where he excelled in basketball and majored in History. Upon graduation from Freed- Hardeman University in 2002, Eric moved on to further his studies by receiving a Master’s degree in Administration & Supervision and an Educational Specialists degree in Educational Leadership. Eric received an Ed. D in Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Memphis in August of 2016.
Dr. Jones started his professional career at Woodstock Middle School in Millington, TN in 2002. He taught World Geography and coached Basketball. In the fall of 2003, he moved to Jackson, TN to teach and coach at Madison Academic High School in Jackson, TN. He spent three years there before taking an assistant principal’s position at Liberty Technology Magnet High School in Jackson, TN. He served in this capacity for two years before becoming the interim principal during the fall of 2008. Dr. Jones was very instrumental in helping move Liberty’s graduation rate from 72.9% in 2006 to 86.2% in 2008, which eventually led to Liberty’s “Good Standing” with the state.
Eric Jones served as the principal of The Jackson Central Merry Academy of Medical Technology. Dr. Jones accepted the position at JCM as a part of a “Fresh Start Program.” JCM, with a graduation rate of 57% in 2008, had failed to make “AYP” since the creation of No Child Left Behind in 2002. JCM was a Title I school in the heart of Jackson, TN that served a demographic of 93% African-American and 90% Free/ Reduced lunch. During the summer of 2009, Dr. Jones interviewed over 120 administrators, teachers, and support staff members to begin the “Fresh Start Process.” With the support of many dedicated educators, JCM was able to make “AYP” for the first time in the school’s history in 2011 and remained in “good standing” with the state while improving to a graduation rate of 91.3 in 2012.
The Jackson Central Merry Academy of Medical Technology was recognized by SREB’S High School’s That Work for its marked improvement in the summer of 2012. Dr. Jones and the administrative team presented at the annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana with a focus on the strategies utilized in the school’s turnaround. JCM was recognized by the National Association of Secondary School Principals; presenting at their Ignite 2013 Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. The school was also featured in an article in their monthly magazine publishing, Principal Leadership, which spotlighted JCM for their comprehensive school-wide literacy initiative in 2013.
Eric worked for two and half years at J.O. Johnson High School in Huntsville, Alabama where they made significant progress in the school’s turnaround effort. Dr. Jones was named Huntsville City School’s Secondary Principal of the Year in 2014. JOJ experienced tremendous growth in their graduation rate, school culture, college scholarship dollars, and much more.
Dr. Jones moved on to work for the National Institute for School Leadership as a Resident Faculty member from January of 2016 until April of 2017. Dr. Jones traveled throughout the country consulting with various school districts in the area of school leadership.
Dr. Jones was named as the Superintendnet elect for the Jackson-Madison County School System in 2017. Dr. Jones is married to the lovely Megan Jones, who is also a fellow educator that currently serves as a Special Education teacher at Pope Elementary School in Jackson, TN. They also have a 5 year-old daughter, Riley Marie and 3-year old son, Peyton Thomas. Dr. Jones certainly believes in the power of education as the “Great Equalizer for our Society” as means to provide All students with Options and Opportunities.