Carolyn Jackson has close to 20 years in education. A product of Fairfax County Public Schools and Arlington Public Schools (APS), she began her career in APS as an Outreach Specialist teacher developing and conducting family workshops and parent-centered activities to help facilitate the middle school transition for families and students. From there, Ms. Jackson went on to hold several administrative positions in APS. She has served as a school counselor, director of counseling, and assistant principal at both the elementary and secondary level.
She has a deep passion for creating equity for all students. Her work in this area, includes, being a former member of the Superintendent’s Committee on Eliminating the Achievement Gap; one of the co-developers of the Conference of Leadership; and is currently working on her doctorate at the College of William and Mary in school leadership, with an emphasis on social justice and equity. Ms. Jackson is known in schools and her community as someone who works to emphasize students’ strengths and focuses on involving staff, parents, and community stakeholders in students’ academic and social-emotional success. Along with her commitment to improving student learning, Ms. Jackson has demonstrated strong leadership skills by developing consistent school-wide and community programs that support students and their families.
Given her dedication to the profession, Ms. Jackson will bring solid experiences that will support students and the instructional program in her role as the supervisor of the Office of Equity and Excellence.