REYNOLDSVILLE — Jeff Tech (Jefferson County Vocational Specialized Faculty) has kicked off the 2022-23 college year with Jenna Gaston as its new assistant principal. A Punxsutawney native, Gaston has an extensive background and certification in schooling. But, it is her passion for colleges and bettering communities that shines the brightest.
Ironically, Gaston suggests she was a peaceful and unmotivated pupil when she attended Punxsutawney Area Significant University. Just after turning out to be a mother, she claims, is when she understood she necessary to devote in a longterm approach for she and her son’s upcoming.
“Along the way, I had a few lecturers who saw a thing in me and invested their time and strength in forming a connection with me as an individual,” stated Gaston, crediting these men and women for leading her to enroll at Clarion College as a great arts main.
After completing her undergraduate degree in artwork instruction at Edinboro University in 2003, Gaston begun instructing in Warren Region College District, prior to becoming choosing as a kindgergarten-via-12th-quality visual arts trainer at Tidioute Local community Constitution University.
“The exclusive conditions of the school made chances to work in a leadership potential as the electives office chair and direct teacher. Via those activities, I understood that I seriously enjoyed do the job that not only enhanced the educational knowledge for my pupils, but also for the college community,” she stated, noting that she then commenced a master’s diploma in academic leadership.
All through this time, Gaston’s partner was supplied a task in Punxsutawney, and they seized the chance to go back again.
Gaston labored in DuBois Spot Faculty District in 2005, at each DuBois Space High College and Oklahoma Elementary College, later transitioning to a long lasting timetable at the substantial faculty.
“The activities and possibilities afforded to me when working in DASD, with unbelievable educators and leaders, set me on the path to total my principal’s certification by way of IUP (Indiana College of Pennsylvania) in 2017,” mentioned Gaston.
She then turned assistant principal of Clearfield Space Elementary School in 2019, with her 1st 12 months ending with the COVID-19 closures.
“I am grateful for the chances I experienced to find out and direct the CAE community, along with the CASD leadership crew,” explained Gaston.
When requested what strengths and characteristics a fantastic administrator possesses, Gaston claims the response she presents nowadays would have been incredibly distinctive from three many years back.
“Experience unquestionably adjustments things and I hope I will glimpse at it extremely in different ways immediately after the upcoming 3, specifically getting put in the majority of my experience during a pandemic that radically transformed each individual element of schooling,” she stated.
But, the qualities of a fantastic administrator never ever transform.
“Good administrators are pupil-centered, neighborhood oriented and are engaged in lifelong discovering,” she stated.
Gaston famous she has been blessed with “exceptional” function designs above the several years, this sort of as Roger Collins, Wendy Benton, Terry Struble and now, Jeff Tech Principal Missy Mowrey and Administrative Director Barry Fillman.
Officially joining the Jeff Tech group on Aug. 8, Gaston states the knowledge has been far greater than she could’ve imagined. She is excited to be accomplishing work that directly impacts her house communities.
“What I right away noticed is how just about every member of the college and staff appear together to assist one particular one more and to keep items going for our children. Now that our college students are again, I am viewing how deeply invested we are as a group –in our young children and the commitment absolutely everyone has to them succeeding. I am so proud to be performing this get the job done, in this position, with these men and women,” she said.
At Jeff Tech’s August school board conference, Fillman launched Gaston to the committee, and explained he feels she is a remarkable addition to the faculty.
Her plans for Jeff Tech consist of receiving to know learners and the college local community to finest provide them, mentioned Gaston, supplying them a secure place to discover, chances to triumph and the support they will need to do so.
“As a supervisor, I am wanting ahead to having to know our staff and doing the job with them to present a discovering setting that supports college student and experienced achievement. I am honored to be doing the job alongside this administrative group. They have a prosperity of understanding, and have made a technique that is growing by leaps and bounds,” she mentioned.
Gaston stated she thinks school leaders ought to guide with integrity, braveness and dedication to building the finest choices for the pupils and faculty neighborhood as a whole. She also thinks supporting the operate of academics is considerably significant, as they are then equipped to concentration on conference requires of the learners and the natural environment they understand in.
Gaston is hunting forward to operating together with Mowrey and Fillman at Jeff Tech, she said, to “assist in utilizing a eyesight that proceeds to direct to university student good results, and the optimistic contributions our students are creating in our communities.”
“This is an thrilling time to be at Jeff Tech. I am honored and humbled by the chance to be a component of shaping the future in this article,” she explained.