Jennifer Laxton, Principal
Lairon College Preparatory Academy Community,
It is my pleasure to join the community this year as principal of Lairon College Preparatory Academy. I am new to Franklin McKinley School District this year, but I have a very diverse background in education.
I am originally from upstate New York, where I lived until graduating college with an elementary education degree. To broaden my horizons, I decided to move away from my hometown, and began my career as a teacher near Atlanta, Georgia. Over the years, I have taught third through eighth grade.
I also have experience in curriculum and instruction, as a Professional Development Trainer and a K-12 Math Coordinator. During this time, I was able to work with new and veteran teachers as a coach, mentor, and trainer. With a team of lead teachers, I facilitated curriculum and assessment writing as well. While I loved this position, I missed working at one campus building relationships with students, teachers, and parents.
For the past three years, I have been an assistant principal in an elementary school. I was able to support the community through changes in our school when a new campus was opened, and understand the need for open and clear communication. I believe in holding high expectations for children in all areas, as they are capable of so much. I truly enjoy serving as a school leader.
As a first year principal, I am thrilled to serve the Lairon community! Please know that my door is always open. I look forward to collaborating with all stakeholders and problem solving to support students and families.
On a personal note, I have two children who keep me busy at home. Until recently, my husband was an active duty member of the Air Force. Being a military family, we had the opportunity to live in many different places around the country. Packing and unpacking has become one of my hobbies! Since my family recently moved to California, we enjoy getting out to discover all that there is to do in this beautiful area.
Again, feel free to stop by and say hello anytime! I know this year will be great, and I look forward to working with each of you.
Mrs. Jennifer Laxton