Robert S. Jackson, current assistant principal for instruction at Dutch Fork High School, has been named principal of Irmo Middle School, effective July 1, 2012, according to a Lexington-Richland 5 release.
Jackson replaces Marie Waldrop, who accepted a job as the law enforcement instructor at the district’s new Center for Advanced Technical Studies.
Jackson has more than 18 years experience in public education. He is currently a doctoral student at South Carolina State University and holds an Educational Specialist degree, a Master of Science degree and a Bachelor of Science degree.
He is a member of the South Carolina Association for School Administrators, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the South Carolina Education Association and several other professional organizations.
“I am very excited and honored to become Irmo Middle’s next principal," Jackson said. "Irmo Middle is an excellent school, and this is a phenomenal opportunity to lead a school that is totally focused upon student learning."
"I am looking forward to working with the students, staff, parents, administrators, and community members who have forged such a great team with such a cohesive commitment to excellence."
Waldrop, who has served as principal of Irmo Middle School for the past 13 years, said she will miss the school but is excited to have an opportunity to pursue one of her dreams.
“As many of you know, I am a reserve deputy with Richland County Sheriff's Department and have a great passion for law enforcement and respect for the men and women who serve our community every day," Waldrop said. "This new position will allow me to blend my passion for law enforcement with my love for children."
"I am so excited to start this new chapter of my life and look forward to preparing our young men and women for a career in law enforcement.”