Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


May 24, 2014

Principal Jones' tour of duty at JISD coming to a close

JACKSONVILLE — It's often been said that all good things must eventually come to an end.

For Jacksonville High School principal Tammy Jones, her culmination of service to the Jacksonville Independent School District will take place in mid-June as she plans to depart from JISD after nearly 14 years of dedicated service – the past five working in her current capacity.

Jones and her family live in Palestine, so when an employment opportunity within the Palestine Independent School District presented itself earlier this year, Jones decided it was time to move on and open up the next chapter in her professional life.

Jones, a native of Lufkin and a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, will be taking over as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the PISD.

“It's an opportunity in a position that certainly is of interest to me,” Jones said. “I’ve made the commute for so long back and forth to Jacksonville that it will be nice to work in the same town that I live in.”

While it may seem that the decision was an easy one for Jones to make; it in fact was not.

“If it wasn't for that position, I would be staying in jacksonville,” she said in an interview Friday afternoon. “I love Jacksonville. The staff, the teachers, the counselors and my assistant principals; its just a great team, not to mention the support from the Central Office, Lindy Finley, Judy Terry and of course Dr. (Joe) Wardell.

“This was a very difficult decision for me to make, and I have been continuously praying about it and I've cried lots of tears over this, but I think that it is the right decision for me.”

Jones said she could not stress enough how much she will miss her district team members and that she feels the citizens of Jacksonville are truly blessed to have these fine men and women serving their children.

“They are simply the best and they are so motivated to our students and in helping them be successful,” Jones said.

Jones stated she views her departure as a leaving from the entire school district and not just from Jacksonville High School.

“I first started out as Elementary Curriculum coordinator and then moved over to Eastside as assistant principal under Jean Mixon,” Jones explained. “I then served as Eastside principal and Nichols (Intermediate School) principal before coming over to the high school.”

Those various stops along the way seemed to have made Jones somewhat nostalgic.

“So many of the kids have been with me since those days at Eastside,” She said. “I have been their principal all the way from elementary school through high school and I've had the opportunity to watch them grow up first hand. Many of these kids will always have a special place in my heart.”

As for advice to her successor — the JISD is currently in the process of filling Jones' position — Jones offered up this bit of wisdom.

“As a principal I've always seen my role as that of an advocate for kids,” she said. “Yes, sometimes we have to talk about the things they've done wrong, (but) every kid should know that there is someone at school that's in their corner and wants them to be successful and that they have the proper support to achieve their goals.”


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