Welcome, Mrs. Jacobson
BY MCKENNA NELSON ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2013
Coming to a school as the new principal can be frightening to even the toughest of people, but for Monica Jacobson, it is like coming home.
Jacobson was an assistant principal at Rose for two years from 2009 to 2011 before going to G.R. Whitfield for two years. She is returning this year as the principal, and although she will face challenges, she is ready to work together with the teachers and staff and tackle these problems.
“There are challenges that any administrator faces at a school, but I have learned that there are also positives,” Jacobson said. “I believe that the challenges that I face will make me a better person and a better administrator.”
Having been an administrator at Rose before, she knows the ins and outs of the school. However, she realizes that she, the teachers and staff will have to work as a team to make sure that the students get the best possible education.
“I would say about eighty percent of the staff members that were at Rose when I was here three years ago are still here,” Jacobson said. “It has helped me get back into the rhythm of things and pick up where I left off.”
Former principal Charlie Langley said that he loved being at Rose for three years, and it was difficult for him to leave.
“The staff and the students were the best part about Rose,” Langley said. “They really made my job so wonderful.”
With Jacobson having been assistant principal three years ago, many seniors remember her.
“She was always very nice and willing to help us with whatever problems we had,” Senior Alonzo Wiggins said. “It is good to have her back.”
With experience as principal of Rose for three years, Langley was sure Jacobson would fill his spot well.
“I know Mrs. Jacobson will do well in continuing the things that we started,” Langley said. “Much of what happens at Rose is student-led, and I know she will be great at listening to the staff and students and making decisions based on what is in their best interest.”
Jacobson was assistant principal for one year when Langley was principal, so she learned much about how to keep Rose running smoothly from him.
“Mr. Langley was great at helping me transition,” Jacobson said. “No matter what, he always encouraged not only me, but the entire faculty and staff, which made me really feel like I was a part of a great team.”
Although Langley will miss being at Rose, he plans to continue being involved with the school and attending sporting events.
“The school that I am at in Greene County does not have band or orchestra concerts and sporting events,” Langley said, “I am looking forward to coming back for some of those and continuing to be a part of this community.”
Jacobson is excited to be back and continue her adventure with the seniors that were freshmen during her last year at Rose in 2011.
“I am especially excited to get to hand the diplomas to the seniors that I remember walking around the halls when they were freshmen,” Jacobson said. “Having them here along with the staff really makes it feel like I am coming back home.”