Meet Anthony Jackowski, Mesa Middle School
CASTLE ROCK – Anthony Jackowski arrived at Mesa Middle School this school year with a wealth of experience to share with staff and students. He received his master’s degree in Education from Cornell University, after earning a bachelor’s degree in Biological Science from Binghamton University.
His inspiration to become an educator stemmed from volunteer work. “In college, I volunteered in a fifth-grade classroom as 'Science Tony,' and from the moment I walked in the door, the energy and enthusiasm that the students had for learning blew me away. From that moment forward, I knew I wanted to be a teacher.“
10 Facts about Anthony Jackowski
Jackowski worked as a biologist, supervisor and trainer at pharmaceutical giant Merck, and assisted with the production of Pneumovax, a vaccine for pneumonia, before entering the field of teaching. He has no doubt that these jobs helped prepare him for teaching and leading.
“As a biologist working on producing vaccines, I had to constantly problem-solve and think outside of the box to address issues,” reflected Jackowski. “When I moved into the role of supervisor/trainer, I supervised and trained adult staff in producing human vaccines.”
His transition into the field of education began at Penndale Middle School in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, where he taught Earth and Space Science, and tutored homebound students. When the bell rang at the end of the school day, Jackowski could be found participating in an after-school extra-help program, coaching the seventh-grade baseball team, and varsity winter track and cross-country teams.
Jackowski completed the Principal Certificate Program at Cabrini College, and in 2007, became an assistant principal at Springton Lake Middle School, also in Pennsylvania. He served in this role until he accepted the principalship at Mesa Middle School. Relocating provide a dual benefit that Jackowski couldn’t refuse.
“I have always loved Colorado. Prior to moving out here, I would come out every two years to hike, go white water river rafting, zip lining, camping, etc. At this point, I have managed to hike seven of the 54 fourteeners in Colorado,” Jackowski said. However, the Colorado wilderness is not the only factor that prompted the move. “Douglas County School District is a truly innovative district looking to revolutionize education, so we can best prepare students to be successful in all that they do, and that is very appealing to me.”
The priorities outlined in the DCSD Strategic Plan align with Jackowski’s philosophy that it is the responsibility of educators to create an environment where students feel safe and cared for, resulting in students who are able to work to their full potential.
“Within our educational program at Mesa, we seek to challenge all students to ‘stretch’ themselves to learn and grow, but also provide necessary support and nurturance critical to young adolescent success. Mesa is a place where we want to truly help all students develop positively in the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and ethical growth areas.”