New Director of Learning Appointed

New Director of Learning Brings Variety of Experiences to Position
Posted on 06/28/2019
Michelle Jackson

An educational leader with a background in curriculum development and gifted education has been appointed as the Director of Learning.

Michelle Jackson comes to Northbrook from Deerfield, where she was a principal at Walden Elementary School. She began her administrative experience as an assistant principal and coordinator of the talented and gifted program for grades k-8 at Oak Grove School. She started her career at Grove Avenue School in Barrington, where she taught in grades three, four, and five for eight years.

Ms. Jackson has experience leading curriculum review cycles and designing professional development for teachers, as well as having a strong understanding of differentiation. She also led the implementation of the “Leader in Me” program to support school-wide social-emotional learning.

Ms. Jackson received a master’s degree in educational organization and leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in curriculum and instruction from National-Louis University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, also from the University of Illinois.

She is replacing Stephanie Smith, who is returning to the classroom to teach sixth-grade language arts at Northbrook Junior High.