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Dana R. Jackson

Assistant Professor, Education

Director of Clinical Practice, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

  • Profile

    Dr. Dana Jackson serves as Assistant Professor of Education and Director of Clinical Practice in the School of Professional & Continuing Studies. She teaches graduate and undergraduate classes, serves as coordinator of Next Generation Leadership Academy through the Center for Leadership in Education, and partners with many school divisions throughout the region to promote and facilitate leadership development in Pre K-12 schools.

    Prior to her role in higher education, Jackson served Hanover County Public Schools as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, and principal. Her professional experience and interests include: educational leadership, collaboration, data analysis for instructional decision making, equity, and organizational development. She also greatly enjoys reading for pleasure and spending time with her family.

    • Awards

      Cool Spring Elementary School Teacher of the Year, 2006


      R.E.B. Nominee Finalist for Teaching Excellence

    • Memberships

      National Association of Secondary School Principals


      Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development


      Alpha Kappa Alpha


      Saint Paul's Baptist Church

    • Professional Experience

      Principal (2012-2018)

      Washington-Henry Elementary School, Hanover County Public Schools, Mechanicsville, Va.


      Interim Principal/Assistant Principal (2010-2012)

      John M. Gandy Elementary School, Hanover County Public Schools, Ashland, Va.


      Assistant Principal (2006-2010)

      Henry Clay Elementary School, Hanover County Public Schools, Ashland, Va.


      Clinical Faculty (2005-2013)

      Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond


      Classroom Teacher (2001-2006)

      Cool Spring Elementary School, Hanover County Public Schools, Mechanicsville, Va.

    • Community Service

      Co-Chair, SACS/CASI District Accreditation Review
      Volunteer, St. Paul’s Baptist Church School