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Kara Dutton - Principal

I am Mrs. Kara Dutton, the proud principal of Jackson Elementary. I was fortunate to be at Jackson as an assistant principal from 2002 to 2013.  Returning home to Jackson and the Peachtree Ridge cluster in July 2017, I want you to know that I am committed to our students, parents, and community.  I pledge my full support, hard work, and dedication to continuing that tradition of excellence.

I live in the community and both my children attended Jackson kindergarten through fifth grade.  I consider Jackson Elementary "home".  I have been an educator for over 20 years and continue to enjoy being at school with the children, families, and staff every day.

I have learned many important lessons, but there is one foundational element to my leadership style. My role is to support teaching and learning. I firmly believe that all children can learn. My vision for the school is for all students to have the knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes to reach their fullest potential as independent, productive, and responsible citizens.  

In closing, I would like to share what I feel is one of the most important things about me that you should know… I am passionate about educating children. I absolutely love what I do and I cannot wait to work with you to continue and enhance the academic excellence at Jackson Elementary! I look forward to meeting each of you and to working together to ensure that every child at Jackson receives a solid foundation on which to build future learning. We are One Ridge!

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Deborah Clinkscales - Assistant Principal, 2nd Grade & 5th Grade

Welcome! I’m Deborah T. Clinkscales, 5th Grade Assistant Principal at Jackson Elementary.  I am also the Testing Coordinator, Language Arts contact, and share various roles with our Administrative Team.  Prior to coming to Jackson Elementary, I taught 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades in Gwinnett County. However, I have been an educator for 19 years. My husband Craig and I can be found chasing our three children from lacrosse, basketball, football, or track right here in our hometown.  I am proud to be a part of the Jackson "PRIDE". I’m looking forward to an excellent year of teaching and learning. If I can be of assistance to you and your family, please contact me.

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Karen Dougherty - Assistant Principal, 4th Grade & Specialists

Hello! I am Karen Dougherty, the 4th grade and Specialists Assistant Principal at Jackson Elementary. I love being part of the Peachtree Ridge Cluster and Jackson community. I was a teacher at Jackson for 14 years prior to becoming an assistant principal. I am a proud graduate of Auburn University (War Eagle!), earned my Master's degree from Walden University in Elementary Mathematics and Reading, and recently completed my Specialist in Educational Leadership from the University of West Georgia. In addition to being the 1st and 4th grade AP, I also help lead the Jackson STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) initiative as we aim to increase real-world problem solving challenges into our curriculum and classrooms. As part of the Peachtree Ridge cluster, we want our students to ASPIRE to pursue their college and career goals. If you are interested in volunteering or donating to our STEM initiative, please contact me. Go Lions!

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Tennille McDaniel - Assistant Principal, 1st Grade & 3rd Grade

Hi there! I am thrilled to be a Jackson Lion, and looking forward to another fantastic year! My name is Tennille McDaniel and I am the assistant principal for 1st and 3rd grade at Jackson Elementary School. As an educator for over 20 years, I served as a teacher of grades 1st through 5th, Instructional Coach and County Math Instructional Specialist. I am married to Patrick McDaniel and we are proud parents of a son, Patrick McDaniel II, and daughter, Kendall McDaniel. Both are currently attending universities and working towards their dream careers. I enjoy reading, traveling, being a service to others and spending time with family and friends.

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Ryan Wilson - Assistant Principal, Kindergarten & Title I

My name is Ryan Wilson, I have the privilege of supporting the amazing teachers and students in grades 2 and 3 as their assistant principal.  I come from a family full of educators.  My mom taught for 35 years in GCPS, my wife is a Science specials teacher in GCPS, and my brother is a high school teacher in GCPS.  My wife and I have two daughters, one in 4th grade and one in 1st.  Thank you for entrusting us with your most precious gift, your child, each and every day.