Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Perry F. Smith, Sr.
Greetings Jackson Family,
It is an honor and a privilege to be the principal at Jackson STEM Magnet Middle School. As I stroll through the hallways, I reflect back on the years I spent walking these same hallways as a Jackson Middle School student. There was much pride at Jackson at that time, and I am delighted to see that the pride of "old" continues to be a driving force for our students, faculty, and staff.
I am a proud graduate of Silver Bluff High School. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from South Carolina State University. I began my career in the education profession 18 years ago as a Special Education teacher in the Richmond County (GA) Public School System. I have been an administrator in the Aiken County Public School System for the past seven years. I have a beautiful wife who continues to encourage and support me daily. We are the proud parents of three children of which two attend Aiken County's public schools.
My philosophy of education is that every child can learn given the proper environment and we, at Jackson STEM Magnet Middle School, are going to be rigorous and innovative in providing that environment for our students. Our mission is to provide a student centered, technologically enriched learning community focused on STEM education to encourage the highest level of career and college preparation. We hold firm to this expectation for ourselves and our students.
In the 2019-20 school year we faced some unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19. But, I am a firm believer that this community has the capacity to bounce back strong in the 2020-21 school year. Keys to our success as a school community are communication, connectivity, creativity, positivity and flexiblity. We can and will accomplish even greater things in 2020-21 as we navigate and master teaching and learning during this unconventional school year. I will be diligent in the promotion of a positive and welcoming environment in which students learn and achieve at a high level. I look forward to collaboration with all stakeholders of Jackson STEM Magnet Middle School as we continue to move this school and our students in the direction of being college and career ready.
Degrees and Certifications:
Dr. Warren Wintrode
My name is Dr. Wintrode. I have been in education since 1997, when I departed the Army and began my career in Aiken County Schools. My first assignment in education was at Wagener-Salley High School, where I taught math and coached for seven years. In 2006, I moved over to South Aiken High School as an administrator. I have also been an administrator at Ridge Spring Monetta Middle/High School. In 2015, I returned to teaching math and I served as the math content interventionist for Aiken County high schools. A lifelong bachelor, I live in Aiken with two cats and three vehicles. In my free time, I enjoy SCUBA diving with my brother. I look forward to my second year as the assistant principal for Jackson STEM Magnet Middle School.
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