Veteran educator Dr Timothy Jackson has been appointed as the new Executive Director of Impact Mentoring Academy (IMA).

The Board of Education Chairman’s appointment takes effect in September for the new 2021/2022 school year.

He will oversee the Academy’s instructional delivery, staff development, curriculum design and liaise with the school board’s finance committee for fundraising activities.

Commenting on his appointment, Dr Jackson said: “I have had the benefit of being mentored by several persons who have been very influential in my life. As a result, I am well aware of the benefits that mentoring can contribute to a person’s development, particularly to young males, and therefore I am passionate about mentorship as a key component to unlock the potential of every student.”

A former teacher at Whitney Institute, Dr Jackson was also a deputy principal at CedarBridge and a former principal at Sandys Secondary Middle School from 2007 to 2016.

He was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Education in 2019.

IMA has provides STEAM education to male students and is now in its 15th year.

Impact’s Board Chairman, Calvin White said: “Dr Jackson is an excellent fit to lead the institution, as his significant academic, educational administrative and instructional experience will enable IMA to enhance the quality of curriculum offering and delivery to our student body.

“As an existing member of the IMA Board of Directors, Dr Jackson is well acquainted with the ethos and objectives of the school. By leveraging his educational leadership experience and his own mentoring expertise, he will provide unparalleled guidance to the school and mentoring to our students.”

Dr Jackson added: “The ultimate goal is to address the needs of the whole student – the academic, social, emotional and spiritual needs.

“I’m excited to work with the teachers, the parents, and board members, in a collaborative effort, to ensure that all of our students have the tools necessary to be successful, positive, productive citizens here in Bermuda, and throughout the world, also preparing them for the workforce, if they so choose, immediately upon graduation, or for tertiary education.”

Ultimately he said: “I want to ensure that our students will have the necessary skills to be admitted to the colleges and universities of their choosing.”

Impact’s principal Shayne Scott, who has held the position for the past two years, will leave the school this summer.

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