Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Valerie Jackson Named as New PEAK Coordinator

Valerie Jacxkson
Blogger's Note: The following was provided by the Pottstown School District.

Valerie Jackson has been promoted to PEAK Coordinator upon retirement of Mary Rieck. 

Prior to this position, Jackson was the part-time Community Parent Organizer, and was promoted to Community Engagement Coordinator.

“I know the bus. I’m ready to drive the bus,” Jackson said, regarding this latest promotion.

Jackson wants to build upon and strengthen the great work that PEAK has already done. A specific goal of hers is to forge a relationship between Pottstown and Pottsgrove School District because there is a high transiency between the two districts and “we use the same reading curriculum, Reading Wonders.” By working with a neighboring district, Jackson hopes to ease transitions for students and families.

Increasing family involvement that will strengthen families and Pottstown School District as a whole is important to Jackson. Prior to being promoted to PEAK Coordinator, she co-facilitated meetings and helped with leadership-skills training for the Family Advisory Committee, a collaboration to provide a space for open communication between the school district and families. Forming new partnerships with the community in the district is another key area for PEAK’s focus.

The annual event Pottstown Celebrates Young Children/YMCA Healthy Kids Day has grown under Jackson’s leadership. Vendor participation increased by 40 percent in 2017.

“This is my community, so it’s important to me,” Jackson said. “My early beginnings were here in Pottstown School District, and now I want to give back to help the children, because it’s all about the kids and families.”

PEAK (Pottstown Early Action for Kindergarten Readiness) is a collaboration of Pottstown School District and community organizations that are working together to design and implement strategies that enable children to enter kindergarten ready to learn, and to engage Pottstown’s families. PEAK focuses its work in five inter-related areas: community outreach, family engagement, quality improvement, kindergarten transition, and health/wellness. PEAK’s overarching goal is to build an infrastructure that ensures all children in Pottstown enter kindergarten ready to learn.

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