An Experienced Educator Who Puts Our Children First

Dr. Decardra Jackson is a living testament of the African Proverb "It Takes a Village to Raise a Child." She pays homage to those who taught, inspired, and supported her along her journey in life.  

Decardra was born, raised, and educated in Richmond, Virginia. She is a graduate of John Marshall High School. This is the same Richmond Public School her mother graduated from 21 years prior. Her mother taught her to be a problem-solver. Decardra’s father also graduated from Richmond Public Schools-Armstrong High. He exemplifies the importance of working cooperatively.  Her 90-year-old grandmother continues to inspire her to work hard. While Dr. Jackson’s stepfather, a Richmond City Firefighter inspires her to be courageous. Temperance is a lesson she learned after the birth of her 2-year-old son. There are a number of teachers, counselors, mentors, and coaches that have sown seeds of adoration as Decardra developed. One shining teacher, Ms. Mary Ann Tucker, taught her the importance of advocating for others.  Decardra embodies good character traits and serves as an advocate for children. She is most prepared to support Richmond Public Schools as the 5th District School Board member. 

Dr. Decardra Jackson is an experienced educator who puts children first. During her 22 year career, twenty-one of those years, were devoted to K12 education, while 15 of those years she committed to Richmond Public Schools. She has had extensive experience that has given her extraordinary insight into the inner workings of our public school system.  Decardra progressed throughout her career, substitute teacher (RPS), science teacher (Albert Hill and Henderson Middle), testing coordinator (Henrico County Public Schools), Director of the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA- George Mason University in Fairfax, VA), assistant principal (Lucille Brown Middle), Director of Assessment and Research (RPS Central Office), and she also served as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Richmond. Her familiarity with Richmond Public Schools gives her an in-depth sense of where the deepest challenges exist. Decardra continues to volunteer with youth groups that support RPS students. Currently, she is working in a neighboring school division designing an innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program as coordinator.  Dr. Jackson has served in many roles that allowed her to gain valuable experience supporting children and families.

As Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  Decardra has been proven to be a lifelong learner. While working, she was able to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Science from Virginia Commonwealth University, Master of Education with a concentration in School Counseling from Virginia State University, Post-Master’s certificate in Administration and Supervision, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, both from Virginia Commonwealth University. Decardra's most recent accomplishment includes receiving a certification as a Data Wise Coach from Harvard University.

As your next school board member representing the 5th district of Richmond Public Schools, Decardra will use her experiences as an educator to make sure we improve the learning experience for all children. She looks forward to gathering input from our Richmond Public Schools’ stakeholders to focus on improving learning experiences for all children. Decardra looks forward to hearing from you and sharing her vision for RPS. Let us put our children first!  She is asking that you elect her to Richmond Public School Board 5th District.

She hopes to see you at the polls on November 3, 2020.

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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