School Spotlight: Mount Pleasant High School

If you haven’t met Ryan Jackson yet, get ready for a burst of enthusiasm. That’s what the new Mount Pleasant High School principal brings to the table, and it’s infectious.

Jackson, who joins MPHS after a stint at Maplewood High School in Nashville, also brings a proven plan to foster creativity and tailor the learning experience to each individual student.

He enters a school poised to adopt the “STEAM” – science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics – education initiative that has been so successful at Mount Pleasant’s elementary and middle schools.

“As Tennessee’s first official STEAM high school, MPHS intends to set the gold-standard in innovation, project-based learning and helping students reach self-actualization through artistic expression,” Jackson said.

The Mount Pleasant community, which is undergoing a downtown revitalization project, is also committed to growing its schools. It’s a passion near to Jackson’s heart.

“Our heartfelt mission, our unyielding passion at MPHS is to prepare students for an ever-demanding global economy,” said Jackson, “where their indelible knowledge and skill sets position them as prime college and career-ready graduates.”

MPHS’s STEAM initiative directly reflects the goals of Maury County Public Schools’ Seven Keys to College and Career Readiness, which call for ACT readiness, industry preparation, work-based learning and other benchmarks aimed at preparing students for their next steps.

“We love Principal Jackson’s passion for using innovation to fuel student growth, and we’re eager to see how students will benefit,” says MCPS Superintendent Dr. Chris Marczak.

Jackson joined a nationwide education podcast to articulate his goals for Mount Pleasant High School. To listen, click here!