Margaret Livingston has been named University School of Jackson's Middle School Director effective July 1, replacing Don Roe, who will be assuming his new role as the Head of School on June 1.
Mrs. Livingston most recently held the positions of Learning Coach and English Department Chair for South Side High School. She has experience with curriculum design and serves as a faculty mentor assisting her peers to improve best teacher practices. She is currently on the School Improvement Planning Committee and serves as a District-wide Literacy Council Member. In 2020, Livingston was named the "South Side High School Teacher of the Year" as well as "JMCSS 9th -12th Grade Teacher of the Year."
Don Roe, USJ Head of School elect, shared his excitement about the addition of Livingston to the USJ administrative team, "The search committee was truly impressed with Mrs. Livingston's professionalism, poise, academic background, and heart for students. I am so honored to add her to our leadership team and to have her take up the mantle of leading this vital division. The Middle School clearly holds a dear place in my heart, and I have been so blessed to work so closely with this special group of teachers over the last few years."
Livingston graduated from Lambuth University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English, with Minors in Education and German. She continued her passion for learning by attaining her Masters of Education from Union University and an Educational Specialist Degree in Building Level Administration from Arkansas State University. Throughout her career, she has sought to grow not only as a teacher but also as a leader in education. She is an AP English Literature and Composition training graduate, as well as a JMCSS Aspiring Administrator Academy graduate, during which she served as an administrative intern under Mr. Bob Lay.
Roe continued, "Margaret has not only the professional qualifications, but the character, personal values, and work ethic needed for this position and the love for learning and students that our Middle School families and teachers deserve. I am confident the future of our Middle School is bright with Mrs. Livingston at the helm."
Livingston was first drawn to USJ after visiting the school during athletic events, and most recently, after attending our Campus-wide Open House in January.
"When I first stepped foot onto USJ's campus, I understood that it was a special place. After learning more about its core values, impressive academics, and impact on the Jackson community, I knew that this is where I wanted to pursue my passion for school leadership,” commented Livingston. “I am grateful to the outstanding faculty and administration of South Side High School and to the mentors who have guided me throughout my professional journey. Looking to the future, I hope to maintain the current excellence of USJ and contribute to its continued success with the mindset of integrity, communication, adaptability, and hard work.”
A native to Germantown, Tennessee, Margaret now resides in Jackson with her husband, Travis. She enjoys working out, triathlons, cooking and baking, traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.
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