The Jackson County Board of Education approved the appointment of Chanda Palmer as the principal of East Jackson Comprehensive High School for the 2018-19 school year at its meeting April 16, 2018.
Mrs. Palmer, currently assistant principal at EJCHS, began her teaching career in Jackson County in 1993 as an English teacher at Jackson County Comprehensive High School where she taught for 13 years, predominantly 10th-grade literature.
She says one of the highlights of her teaching career was being voted Jackson County Schools’ Teacher of the Year in 2006; she was also one of 10 state finalist for the honor that year, the first teacher in Jackson County to receive this distinction.
In 2006, she was named assistant principal of Instruction at JCCHS, and she helped open EJCHS the following school year.
Mrs. Palmer earned her Bachelor of Science degree in English education from the University of Georgia in 1993, her Master of Arts degree from the University of Alabama in 2003, and her Specialist degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University in 2007.
She lives in the Commerce area with her husband of 24 years, Jason. They have two daughters, Gailey and Grace.
“We are thrilled with the selection of Mrs. Palmer for this important role,” said Dr. April Howard, superintendent of schools. “In a highly competitive field of more than a dozen applicants, she rose head and shoulders above the others in both her application in her interview.”
The committee involved in the interviews included representatives from various stakeholders groups, including EJCHS and district office staff, and — for the first time — EJCHS parents, Howard said.
EJCHS, 1435 Hoods Mill Road, serves eighth- through 12th-graders. Its “feeder” schools are East Jackson, South Jackson, and Maysville elementary schools and East Jackson Middle School. Find more information on the school’s website and its Facebook page.