Hello and welcome to Oak Park Elementary School.

I was asked recently what I love about my job. After 17 years of being a school administrator I am happy to say that children are still the most rewarding part of my job. As a matter of fact, my staff will often hear me say that children are the easiest part of my job. The main reason I wanted to become a principal is to mentor faculty so students learn from teachers and other staff who feel supported. I want to help them follow best practices that positively impact learning outcomes.

I am the wife of District 1 Decatur City Councilman Billy Jackson. I have worked for the school system since 1997. My resume includes working as a second-grade teacher at Walter Jackson Elementary and assistant principal at the former Brookhaven Middle School. I am excited about starting a new school year. I look forward to all the great things ahead in 2022-2023.

Mrs. Theodoria "Teddi" Jackson

What personality trait do you contribute to your success?

I think my discipline and being focused has contributed to my success. I have the ability to see things through to completion. I have the ability to place my focus where it is needed and the appropriate time.

What is one thing most people don't know about you?

That I enjoy traveling.

What best advice motivated you to become an educator/principal?

That no task is too great especially when it impacts the growth of young minds. 

What is one character trait you hope to instill in your students, and why?

I would like to instill discipline into the young lives that I come into contact with.  As human beings we will suffer one of two pains in our lives; the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.