Jacobs to be new SCC Elementary assistant principal
St. Croix Central has found its new assistant principal in former New Richmond first grade teacher and current elementary principal in Mauston, Lindsay Jacobs.
"I am excited to bring my passion for learning and helping all students and staff grow. I am also excited to bring my experience with inclusion for all students, personalized learning, and Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports; being proactive and focusing on positive behaviors," Jacobs said. "These are all things that SCC Elementary has been doing, but I believe that working side by side with Mrs. Clay, we can help make these components of student learning even stronger."
The SCC board of Education approved the hiring of Jacobs during its March 20 regular meeting. She will start her new role July 1.
Jacobs graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls and received her Master's of Education and her license in K-12 Education Administration from Saint Mary's University.
"I grew up in Escanaba, Mich., and then came to UWRF for basketball and the strong education program. After college, I was fortunate enough to get my first grade teaching job in New Richmond, which allowed me to stay in the area and call it home," Jacobs said. "My husband, Jason, is from the area and a graduate of SCC. We have a 2.5-year-old son, Greysen, who keeps us busy. We love to do many things as a family; watch sports, be outside on the boat, and spend time with friends."
Jacobs taught at New Richmond for nine years and served one year as K-2 District Literacy Coach. She is currently elementary principal in Mauston, Wis., where she has been for the past two years.
"As far back as I can remember I have always wanted to be a teacher," Jacobs said. "After several years of working with students and doing everything I could to help them learn and grow, I felt a strong passion to take the next step to becoming an administrator. By becoming an administrator I am able to work with teachers to help them become better instructors and have a greater impact on student success."
According to Jacobs, the St. Croix Central assistant principal position interested her because of the school and the district's well respected reputation.
"I think that the goals of the school and district align with my goals for all students," Jacobs said. "I am familiar with the schools in the area because I am from the area and I know how high the expectations are and how SCC continues to grow and strive to be the best in the area. We are also from the area, so that was an added bonus so we can be closer to family and friends."
Along with the respect she had for the school district, Jacobs decided to accept the job as SCC Elementary assistant principal because she liked the way the district works collaboratively to meet the needs of all the students, as well as how the district works towards being well respected by other districts through high expectations for all staff and students.
"A couple things specifically about the elementary school, is when I walked in, I immediately felt a sense of belonging and home," Jacobs said. "When you feel a sense of community, you know that the people there are all working together for the common goal. In talking with (principal Shelly) Clay and other members of the SCC elementary team, we share many of the same beliefs about student learning and the learning of the whole child; physical, social, emotional and cognitive abilities. When you feel that you have the same beliefs about student learning and feel the strong sense of community, it makes the decision very easy."
The hardest part of the transition to becoming assistant principal, according to Jacobs, will be getting to know everyone as quickly as she would like in order to build good relationships right away.
"Building relationships is a huge component of success and for us to work together successfully we will need to build relationships, and that will take time," Jacobs said. "I think the other challenge will be to get to know the routines of the school and getting to know what is working, what are areas of growth, etcetera."
Although starting a new job has its challenges, Jacobs is confident that working side-by-side with Clay will make things go a lot more smoothly.
"When you have the opportunity to work collaboratively with someone, it helps with any transition," Jacobs said. "Another part that will help make the transition easy is the fact that everyone is so welcoming and that means it will be easier to transition and learn. I also think that my experience with the curriculum and programs that are already being used will help to make the transition easier because that will be one less piece I will need to learn."