SABINA — Jennifer “Jennie” Fisher Pierson, no stranger to East Clinton, will be the new principal at Sabina Elementary School.
Not only has Pierson taught 10 years for East Clinton Local Schools, but she graduated from East Clinton High School with the class of 2000 and grew up around New Vienna on a small farm.
Since August 2008, Pierson has been an intervention specialist teacher, and prior to that was a kindergarten teacher in the district and a district reading facilitator.
“This [being a principal] has been a longtime goal of mine. And this is a perfect opportunity, so close to home,” Pierson said Wednesday.
After graduating in 2004 from Wilmington College with a degree in early childhood education and receiving a reading endorsement, she went on to earn a master’s degree in special education from Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, with an intervention specialist license.
Then in 2008-09, she worked to obtain an administration license with an elementary and middle school certification from Antioch University McGregor, Yellow Springs.
The past five years, she’s taught at Sabina Elementary, so she will relocate down the hall to the principal’s office there.
“I am truly excited about becoming principal. I want the school to have a welcoming environment for parents, students and staff — a place where someone feels comfortable to come to me at any time they need anything,” said Pierson.
She said her predecessor, Terri Barton, did “a wonderful job” during 14 years in that role, and Pierson said she hopes to continue the growth there in the good direction.
Barton left the position as principal to become the director of curriculum and instruction for the East Clinton district.
Concerning Pierson’s selection, East Clinton Schools Superintendent Eric Magee said, “We are excited to have Mrs. Pierson in this leadership role. She will be an asset to the district as well as the community.
“The leadership team has been strengthened by the skill set and the positive attitude that she brings to the role of principal. Growing and building our students to reach their full potential will be her focus,” added Magee.
Pierson said in her free time she enjoys riding horses, collecting antiques and gardening. Her husband Jason farms, and they have a girl and a boy, Jacey, 4, and Jaxson, 2.
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