Principal hired at T.R. Simmons

By JAMES PHILLIPS
Posted 6/9/18

The Jasper City

Board of Education approved the hiring of a new principal at T.R. Simmons

Elementary School during a called meeting Wednesday morning.Meagan Fields,

the current assistant …

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Principal hired at T.R. Simmons

Posted

The Jasper City Board of Education approved the hiring of a new principal at T.R. Simmons Elementary School during a called meeting Wednesday morning.

Meagan Fields, the current assistant principal at Jasper Junior High School and former longtime first-grade teacher, has been named to that post.

“This is a dream come true for me,” Fields said. “Early childhood education is my passion, and I am excited for this opportunity.”

Fields is a National Board Certified teacher. Before joining Jasper Junior High, she was the was the secondary instructional partner for the city schools, working with middle school and high school teachers on literacy design. She has also made literacy presentations at several state and national conferences. Fields also taught first-grade for 12 years.

“Meagan has a wealth of knowledge with regards to instructional expertise and leadership,” Jasper City Schools Superintendent Ann Jackson said. “Having taught first-grade for so many years is a real asset. She not only can talk the talk, but has walked the walk. She understands the challenges and the joys of teaching young children. Her experiences have prepared her for this new role.”

Fields said her work experience with higher grades has helped to solidify her belief in the importance of elementary education.

“I have worked with teachers in our district from kindergarten through 12th-grade, and my recent experience at the junior high has given me a different perspective that made it even more clear how what we do in early education only builds to what our students need in junior high and high school.”

Jackson said Fields will be a strong leader for the school.

“T.R. Simmons is a great school with a lot of wonderful practices in place and wonderful teachers that are student centered,” she said. “Mrs. Fields will continue to foster a warm, welcoming learning environment in which children excel.”