Mary Beth Jackson
Mary Beth Jackson is in her thirtieth year of education with the Okaloosa County School District. She is a product of the Okaloosa School District and is proud to serve as the Superintendent of her home county.
Mary Beth’s all-encompassing career has included work in the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She helped create programs in drop-out prevention, developmental guidance, as well as career and technical education. Mary Beth is proud of the advancements that came during her time as the Program Director of Career and Technical Education. Under her leadership, enrollment in career and technical education doubled while career academy programs expanded from twelve to twenty-eight throughout the district, offering more students the choice and opportunity to excel.
Mrs. Jackson has worked hard to ensure every student in Okaloosa County is awarded the same opportunity to learn by developing a standard of service staffing pattern for district schools. In doing this, she was able to restore funding for elective programs such as music and art in elementary schools and funding for band and chorus programs throughout the district. Knowing that technology is an integral part of modern education, she has added 4,500 new student computers and devices since June of 2013. Student learning and engagement has risen with student iPads, computers, and Chromebooks. Knowing that time spent in school improves student achievement, Mary Beth worked to end out-of-school-suspension by replacing it with a Student Training Program (STP) where students stay in school, complete their assignments, and complete modules that address student behavior. Most importantly, Mary Beth made our students’ safety of primary concern, installing cameras on school busses, and pressing for School Resource Officers in all schools in Okaloosa County, including elementary schools. It is her mission to provide every child in Okaloosa a safe environment filled with multiple opportunities to learn.
A graduate of William Carey University, Mary Beth received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science. She earned her guidance and counseling certification from Troy University, and her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida.
Mary Beth is married to Len Jackson and they have a blended family of five children. She has six grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. Len, Mary Beth, and their five children are products of the Okaloosa School District. Len and Mary Beth live on the family farm and enjoy outdoor activities and time with their family.