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White named Region 3 AP of the Year

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White named Region 3 AP of the Year


Jana White, Cherry Elementary Assistant Principal (AP), has been named the ESC Region 3 Assistant Principal of the Year. She is now under consideration for the National Association of Elementary School Principals National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year for Texas.


Winners of this honor must demonstrate contributions to the well-being of the educational community; contribute to a positive and motivating environment for others; have a strong record of service (in both school and community) and be recognized as a leader; and exhibit exceptional leadership in a particular school program and/or is heavily involved in finding a solution to a problem faced by the school.


White has over six years’ experience as an AP, and is in her first year at Cherry Elementary. Her prior AP and teaching experiences were in Victoria.


White has a strong background in leading staff in developing a growth mindset. At one of her prior campuses, she helped the school turn around weak performance in one area through data analysis, implementation of strategic professional development to support the teachers in that area, and restructure the resources already in place as well as procure additional resources to support the plan. Additionally, White helped refocus professional learning community (PLC) meetings to help the campus achieve steady gains over the course of the year.


White looks to her work with students in developing them as servant leaders as her most significant accomplishment as an AP. The projects she led had both local and global impact, including food/toy/clothing drives which benefited over 50 families in their school community. Students also collected medical and dental supplies to support Honduran mission trips White undertook. Additionally, they developed a recycling program and studied its global impact, winning cash prizes for the campus in a national contest. The monies were used to build a track for student and community use.


Cherry teacher Megan Perez said of White, “She not only cares about the well-being of the students, Jana also cares about the well-being of the teachers and staff as well.  She is a strong leader and truly has a passion for what she does.” 


Brandy Stai, Cherry teacher, added, “If I had to choose one thing she has done that shows the true content of her character, it would be creating the Cherry Wall of Thanksgiving. This is a wall that teachers, staff, community members, and parents can acknowledge those people who are making a difference at our school and in our community. These affirmations are placed on the wall and also put out on the various social media outlets the campus uses. She believes highly in affirming people who are doing great things.”


White holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Houston-Victoria, and is pursuing her doctorate from Texas A&M University-Commerce.  


She currently serves as the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) Region 3 treasurer, is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), and has volunteered most recently for the Crisis Center, assisting the fundraising committee.


White moved to Bay City in August 2019 with her husband John White. They have three children attending Bay City ISD schools. They enjoy family game nights, attending sporting events, and fishing. White also enjoys photography and crafting.