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Ledford Named Assistant Principal at Heroes Elementary

Ledford Named Assistant Principal at Heroes Elementary


The Jackson County Board of Education approved Aja Ledford to serve as one of two assistant principals at the new Heroes Elementary School on Thursday night. Ledford will begin her duties officially this summer, but will be assisting Heroes principal Kristi Holloway with key components related to opening a new school building. 

“I am honored to welcome Ms. Ledford to our administration at Heroes Elementary School,” Principal Kristi Holloway said. “Ms. Ledford has years of dedication to the students and staff inside Jackson County and I believe she will be an asset to both inside our school. I am excited to hit the ground running with Ms. Ledford as we build a great team and school environment at Heroes Elementary School.”

Ledford is currently the Instructional Coach at North Jackson Elementary School, one of the three elementary schools that will divide and form the student body of Heroes Elementary. 

“I wanted to be able to continue to support our teacher and students from North Jackson as they transition to Heroes,” Ledford said. “It is an honor to work with Kristi Holloway.”

Ledford admits she was extremely humbled by the call from Holloway and says she is excited to help build a school from the ground up. 

“I am excited to support our students and contribute to the success of all students in Jackson County,” Ledford said. “ I am also excited to open a new school and see how you build a school from the ground up, build programs and staff.”

Ledford has served as the instructional coach at NJES for the past two school years. She was intervention specialist for grades three through fifth and a first and third grade teacher at Maysville Elementary School prior to her position at NJES. Ledford began her teaching career at West Jackson Primary School in 2011, teaching first grade. She was named Teacher of the Year in 2015 and 2021, while earning Support Person of the Year honors in Sept. 2023. 

Ledford holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Gainesville State College, a Master of Arts in Education and an Educational Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College. She also earned her Tier 1 Leadership Certificate from Piedmont. 

Ledford and her husband, Chuck, have three kids.