Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Bernice Jackson, principal of Brook Glenn Elementary School, has been selected South Carolina International Reading Association (SCIRA) Administrator of the Year. Mrs. Jackson has been a lifelong advocate for reading, serving as a reading specialist before becoming a school administrator. In her present role, she works tirelessly to ensure that literacy is encouraged throughout the school, that students are motivated to achieve, and that colleagues have opportunities for professional growth.
Teachers have access to materials that support the Balanced Literacy program as well as benchmark kits that allow teachers to make individualized instructional decisions for each child. Mrs. Jackson works with the PTA to fund an online library through Scholastic for each classroom computer and in the computer lab. With this software, students can work on reading skills during class time and before school.
Throughout the school year, the Principal’s Newsletter includes articles for parents about the importance of reading and provides activities and websites for their use at home. The school’s learning atmosphere is very positive, including opportunities for students to have “book talks” during the morning news show. Mrs. Jackson ensures that adult mentors such as firemen and local high school students are available to coach and tutor students.