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New Principals Appointed at Chastain, Callaway, CDC & Henley-Young

July 10, 2020

Jackson Public Schools continues to hire dynamic leadership for schools as it makes strides in its mission to transform scholars' lives through excellent education. The most recent appointees for the upcoming school year will provide innovative leadership at Chastain, Callaway, the Career Development Center and the Henley-Young Youth Court School. Returning to the District in this round is former Hardy Middle School administrator Antonius Caldwell. Along with each classroom teacher, the school administrator is one of the most significant roles in scholar success. We remain committed to growing talented and empowered teams for our scholars.

Meet the New Principals

Sharon Terrell, Chastain Middle School

Sharon Terrell
Sharon Terrell

Sharon Terrell most recently served as Summer Boost Principal and Assistant Principal at Peeples Middle School. Prior to joining JPS, she served as an assistant principal on a team of administrators at Hattiesburg Public Schools that moved a school from a performance rating of F to a C, coming just two points shy of a B rating. Terrell also served eight years in the United States Air Force as a Combat Communication Radio Operator. In the Air Force is where she developed her philosophy of leadership. She believes if you take care of your people, your people will take care of you.

Terrell holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Education from William Carey University. Both schools are located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She completed the Mississippi Alternate Path to Quality School Leadership in 2013.

Harrison Michael, Callaway High School

Harrison Michael
Harrison Michael

Harrison Michael previously served as principal at Chastain Middle School beginning in 2017. He is a native of Jackson and attended JPS schools, graduating with honors from Callaway High School. Michael has completed his 20th year in education. Fourteen of his 20 years were served in administration. In that time, he has served as a teacher, a science curriculum lead teacher, a coach of of student sports and athletic director.

Michael is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership at Jackson State University. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Jackson State University.

Dr. Eric Cook, Career Development Center

Dr. Eric Cook
Dr. Eric Cook

Dr. Eric Cook previously served as an assistant principal at the Jackson Public Schools Career Development Center. The areas he supported included administration and supervision of personnel, academic policy, school testing, and district-wide implementation of Career and Technical Education standards. He has been an assistant principal and principal at the elementary and high school levels in JPS for the past 16 years. His career began at the Mississippi School for the Deaf where he taught high school mathematics for eight years. He is excited that he will continue to lead the team at the CDC for the 2020-2021 school year as the Principal and Director of Career and Technical Education.

Dr. Cook holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Education degrees in Special Education and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Administration, all from Jackson State University. 

Antonius Caldwell, Henley-Young Youth Court School

Antonius Caldwell
Antonius Caldwell

Antonius Caldwell proudly returns to Jackson Public Schools as an administrative and instructional leader with nearly two decades of experience and dedication to student equity and success. Caldwell regards himself as an educator, administrator, mentor, and man of God. He has served the District as a mentor for new teachers. He previously served as building administrator at Hardy Middle School and Forest Hill High School and was a mentor for new teachers. Caldwell has a record of implementing effective strategies and programs that bolster school improvement, with proven results increasing progress and productivity at low performing schools in the District. At Jackson State University, he coordinated the Minority Male Initiative (Call Me MiSTER), a program that encouraged and increased the male presence in public school classrooms and within the community.

Caldwell earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, Master of Arts in Teaching English, and a Specialist in Educational Administration and Supervision from Jackson State University.