Eric T. Jones was born in Tupelo, MS and raised in Starkville, Ms. His family eventually moved to Henderson, TN where he graduated from Chester County High School in 1998. Following graduation, Eric attended Middle Tennessee State University and Freed- Hardeman University where he excelled in basketball and majored in History. Upon graduation from Freed- Hardeman University in 2002, Eric moved on to further his studies by receiving a Master’s degree in Administration & Supervision and an Educational Specialists degree in Educational Leadership. Eric is currently seeking an Ed. D in Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Memphis.
Mr. Jones started his professional career at Woodstock Middle School in Millington, TN in 2002. He taught World Geography and coached Basketball. In the fall of 2003, he moved to Jackson, TN to teach and coach at Madison Academic High School in Jackson, TN. He spent three years there before taking an assistant principal’s position at Liberty Technology Magnet High School in Jackson, TN. He served in this capacity for two years before becoming the interim principal during the fall of 2008. Mr. Jones was very instrumental in helping move Liberty’s graduation rate from 72.9% in 2006 to 86.2% in 2008, which eventually led to Liberty’s “Good Standing” with the state.
Eric Jones served as the principal of The Jackson Central MerryAcademy of Medical Technology. Mr. Jones accepted the position at JCM as a part of a “Fresh Start Program.” JCM, with a graduation rate of 57% in 2008, had failed to make “AYP” since the creation of No Child Left Behind in 2002. JCM was a Title I school in the heart of Jackson, TN that served a demographic of 93% African-American and 90% Free/ Reduced lunch. During the summer of 2009, Mr. Jones interviewed over 120 administrators, teachers, and support staff members to begin the “Fresh Start Process.” With the support of many dedicated educators, JCM was able to make “AYP” for the first time in the school’s history in 2011and remained in “good standing” with the state while improving to a graduation rate of 91.3 in 2012. The Jackson Central Merry Academy of Medical Technology was recognized by SREB’S High School’s That Work for its marked improvement in the summer of 2012. Mr. Jones and the administrative team presented at the annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana with a focus on the strategies utilized in the school’s turnaround. JCM was recognized by the NASSP by presenting at their Ignite 2013 Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. The school was also featured in an article in their monthly magazine publishing,Principal Leadership, which spotlighted JCM for their comprehensive school-wide literacy initiative in 2013.
Eric is entering his third year at the helm at J.O. Johnson High School where they have seen significant progress in the school’s current turnaround effort. We are extremely excited about the opportunity to serve Huntsville City Schools and the J.O. Johnson family. With the support of the community, dedication of the faculty and staff, and hard work of the students we look forward to guiding the “Jaguar Nation” in achieving Excellence in all aspects of school! Go Jaguars!! Eric is married to the lovely Megan Jones, who is also a fellow educator at Challenger Middle School in Huntsville, AL. They also have a 4 year-old daughter, Riley Marie and 1 year old son, Peyton Thomas. Eric comes from a family of educators. His father serves as the Vice- President of Spiritual Development at Freed Hardeman University, his mother was an Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Education at FHU, and his younger brother teaches History and is the Head Men’s Basketball coach at Fairview High School in Fairview, TN. His youngest brother William is a recent graduate of Freed Hardeman University in Henderson, Tn. Eric certainly believes in the power of education as the “Great Equalizer for our Society!”