Pine-Strawberry middle school math teacher Scott Jackson will move up to a job as a principal in Jerome, thanks to the support of retiring Pine Superintendent-principal Mike Clark.
Clark mentored Jackson through the administrative education and certification process. So next school year, Jackson will start as new principal at the Clarkdale-Jerome K-8 School.
Jackson has been at Pine-Strawberry School for six years teaching math to the middle school students.
“It’s sad, but you gotta do what comes to you,” said Jackson.
He said four years ago Clark approached him when he started at the University of Phoenix on his masters in administration.
“He asked if he could mentor me,” said Jackson.
Jackson said he learned much from Clark, who helped him outshine 29 other applicants for the position.
“The competition for these positions in Arizona rural schools is stiff,” said Jackson.
Maybe Jackson stood out because he has an interesting hobby — collecting tropical fish.
“I have a fish room in my house,” said Jackson.
He travels to find specimens for his collection. Just last summer he took his 70-year-old mother to the Amazon to hunt for more fish. He said he has a very loving and understanding wife and a curious five-year-old son.
Although he said he will miss the Rim Country, he looks forward to working with the new district.
“It’s still a small district and the superintendent has been there for 13 years,” said Jackson. The new superintendent has already started working with him to help with the transition.
Last week, he went to his first school board meeting where all the teachers came to meet him.
“I felt welcomed,” said Jackson.