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New principal at Cedar Lane Early Childhood Center

Delaware News Desk
Middletown Transcript
Middletown Transcript

Susan Jackson, former assistant principal at Cedar Lane Elementary School, was hired as the new principal of Cedar Lane Early Childhood Center, starting Feb. 5.

In an announcement from the Appoquinimink School District, Jackson said her passion is educating young learners by creating a strong foundation and instilling a love of learning at an early age.

“There’s nothing quite like the enthusiasm and energy of kindergarten. It’s absolutely contagious,” she said. “I’m looking forward to utilizing everything I’ve learned as a teacher and administrator to focus exclusively on the developmental needs of 5-year-olds.”

Jackson served as the assistant principal at Cedar Lane Elementary School from December 2017 until recently. She accepted the CLEEC principal position Jan. 15 and will start full time Feb. 5. 

She is taking over for Heather Cramer, who has accepted a special education administrative role with the Christina School District. 

The new CLEEC principal has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and elementary education from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Wilmington University.

To measure student success, she plans to use parent engagement as part of the equation. 

“I’m going to be asking families for a consistent cycle of feedback and will use their responses to plan day and evening workshops where content experts will help us explore topics that are relevant to the CLECC community,” Jackson said.

CLECC’s enrollment numbers exceeded the building’s capacity this past academic year and the district had to move four kindergarten classes to Cedar Lane Elementary School. The school might have to add even more classes next year, but Jackson said she is ready for the challenge.

“My predecessors have done a good job finding ways to turn that to our advantage, and I plan to build upon that foundation,” she said.

Jackson, her husband Curt and their three children live in Middletown. All three kids are attending or have attended Appoquinimink schools. Her oldest son Nate is an Appoquinimink High alumnus. Her middle son Will is an Appo High senior, and her youngest daughter Sage is an Alfred G. Waters Middle School seventh grader. 

The announcement said Jackson graduated from the district’s leadership academy, was a teacher of the year and was successful in both regular and inclusion settings.

“Mrs. Jackson is a highly respected educator with more than a dozen years of experience as an administrator and classroom teacher,” the announcement said.

Jackson encourages parents and faculty to stop by her office. She said email is the fastest way to reach her atsusan.jackson@appo.k12.de.us., but she can also be reached at 302-449-5873.