BELDING — A familiar face with a strong passion for teaching and leadership will take the helm at Ellis Elementary School as the new principal beginning this autumn.
Ellis Elementary first grade teacher Tiffany Jackson, who has taught at Belding Area Schools for four years, was officially selected as the school’s new principal at Monday night’s school board meeting in a unanimous vote by board members.
“She’s a familiar face, having taught in Belding for the past four years,” Superintendent Leslie Mount said. “She’s held in very high regard by her peers at Ellis Elementary and by any parent who has had a child in her classroom.”
Mount said the committee chosen to interview the candidates selected Jackson from a total of four candidates, with Jackson being the only candidate who interviewed from within the Belding school district.
“She has done a tremendous job for us and we feel she has the tools to help move Ellis forward in a very positive fashion,” Mount said. “She is currently in a transitional period, learning the position. She has already hit the ground sprinting.”
Jackson, who has recorded 11 years of teaching and has earned a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree from Aquinas College, said she is excited to take on the new position and remain at the school she has come to love.
“I am very excited, honored and humbled by the entire experience,” Jackson said. “To have my peers ask me to take on this position is quite an honor. To know that my leadership in the building as a first grade teacher has shown them that my heart is for the kids and this community, it is very special. We will work together to help make great things happen.”
Jackson said she believes her prior experience as an assistant high school principal at Clare Public Schools will aid her new role as principal at Ellis Elementary.
“I did want to stay as a first grade teacher, but I do have a passion for leading, not just students, but adults as well,” she said. “It’s time for someone in this elementary level to take a building and watch it flourish and be part of a community that is growing and changing, adding new technology, spaces for learning and watch that change and develop with our children.”
According to Mount, the position was made available at Ellis Elementary School in February when current Principal Jesus Hernandaz decided to step down citing reasons to explore other opportunities that worked best for his family.