Since 2010, Principal Andy Jacks has been at the helm of a major transformation at Ashland Elementary School. Dr. Jacks has focused on empowering all students and building teachers as leaders across the school. This has skyrocketed their student achievement state ranking from the 62nd to the 96th percentile and helped them become a zero suspension school.

A large percentage of the students at Ashland are military-connected families, and Ashland’s efforts to meet their unique challenges has led to commendations from veterans’ groups and national recognition in the form of a visit from the U.S. Secretary of Education.

A leader of innovation throughout the district, Dr. Jacks and the Ashland team have led numerous staff workshops on integrating new technology, cooperative learning, and district-wide public relations and branding. Ashland has received recognition for many years including the VDOE Excellence Awards, VDOE Distinguished Achievement Award, and the Virginia Distinguished Purple Star School Award.

Dr. Jacks is a national speaker, a national principal mentor, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Autism Society of Northern Virginia. Dr. Jacks has received multiple awards including the 2016 School Bell Award, 2018 Virginia Principal of the Year Award, and the 2018 Nationally Distinguished Principal Award.

Dr. Jacks recently earned his doctorate from Virginia Tech and at home enjoys the chaos of his family with three amazing kids. Follow Dr. Jacks on Twitter @_AndyJacks and contact him via email at andy@andyjacks.co.