• principal photo Aug. 7, 2018

    Hello Jaguar Families & Friends,

    My name is Marisa Poling and I feel privileged to be the new principal of Jackson Elementary School. Over the last month during summer school programs, I have spent time on campus getting to know the school’s community, staff and students. I continually hear that Jackson Elementary is an amazing community school with active involvement from students, parents, staff and local organizations. Jackson is a place where strong connections are made between home and school and where staff members are committed to helping your child succeed every day! I value both and want to continue moving Jackson along the path of excellence.

    When school begins, I will spend time in classrooms with your children and their teachers, getting to know personalities, learning styles and interests. Our staff will celebrate their experiences, small and large. We will encourage students so they know they are valued and have a special place in our school community. I am excited to see your children through your eyes as we work together. My goal is to ensure that all students are healthy, happy and safe, so they may learn as much as they can. This has been my philosophy since I began my career in education.

    As I reflect on my varied experiences in schools in Oregon and Arizona, I appreciate the relationships that I have built along the way. It has been a huge benefit working with outstanding people in Medford School District for the past 12 years. Some of my interests and responsibilities have included teaching, dean of students, and mathematics instructional coach in eight elementary schools and two middle schools. I consider my most important job to be that of a child advocate, supporting hundreds of diverse learners each day. I also am a mom to two different learners at home. My husband and I feel fortunate to have this wonderful community supporting our family.

    I am eager to welcome you the first week of school. One of my most important goals is building meaningful relationships with students, families and staff as well as with the greater Jackson community. I believe open communication is very important in a school. I always encourage you reach out to your child’s teacher, our office staff or myself. If you ever have a question or concern, please call the main office or email me. We invite you to Jackson Open House Night on Thursday, August 23, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. I look forward to meeting you! Please stop by to meet your child’s teacher as well.

    At Jackson, we have many things to be proud of and I look forward to working together as a TEAM!

    Very sincerely,

    Marisa Poling

    Jackson Elementary School, Principal

    marisa.poling@medford.k12.or.us