Ed.D. Student Nationally Recognized for School Improvement Efforts

Ed.D. Student Nationally Recognized for School Improvement Efforts

Lithia Springs High School has always held a special place in the heart of Jessica Ainsworth, a University of West Georgia alumna and current Ed.D. student. Her father worked at Lithia Springs as an at-risk teacher for 14 years. However, when she had to return to write a school improvement grant, she faced a challenge. “I didn’t want to go to Lithia because I didn’t think I could make a difference,” Jessica shared. “But what I found at Lithia was a staff and student body that can be characterized by perseverance.” The National Association of Secondary School Principals recently named Jessica as National Assistant Principal of the Year in recognition of her accomplishments helping improve the culture and climate at the struggling school.

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