Our School

Welcome to South Jackson Elementary School!

We are a PreK through 5th-grade elementary school located in Athens, Georgia.  We work hard each day to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of our students as we prepare them to be college and career-ready.  Our goal is for our students to be innovators and lifelong learners who leave our school with a strong academic foundation and solid character education.  Our school staff connects frequently with parents and the community through face-to-face meetings and events as well as online through platforms such as Remind and social media to help ensure the success of all of our students.  We welcome you to visit and/or volunteer at our school to see for yourself why we truly believe that every day is a great day at SJ!

Our students move on to sixth and seventh grade at East Jackson Middle School and eighth through 12th grades at East Jackson Comprehensive High School.

Welcome to South Jackson Elementary School!  I am very excited about serving as principal of this great school.  I have been in education for 24 years and have been fortunate to spend all of those years in the Jackson County School System. I was a teacher at SJES for 15 years and served as assistant principal for instruction for 3 years before taking a principal position at North Jackson Elementary.  I am thankful for the opportunity to serve the students and families at SJES and look forward to another great year.

As principal of South Jackson, I would like to share my key beliefs with you:

  • Administrators, teachers, students, and parents should give 100% throughout their educational experiences.
  • Communication is the key to a successful organization.
  • True learning comes from quality instruction, high expectations, parent support, and challenging all students.
  • Parents are a school’s greatest resource for promoting and sustaining learning.

Our faculty and staff excel in their respective areas.  They encourage and expect students to stretch themselves beyond their comfort zone to realize that all things are possible through dedication and determination.  Classroom instruction at South Jackson stimulates eager minds and helps to foster a joy of learning.

I want the best for each of your children!  Your concerns, comments, and ideas are appreciated and respected.  You may contact me at 706-543-8798 or by e-mail at rbrooksher@jcss.us.

At South Jackson Elementary School we are committed to “Excellence In Action” each and every day!  Again, I look forward to a wonderful year and promise to give my very best for this outstanding school community.

Resa Brooksher

Assistant Principal

Welcome to school year 2021-2022 at South Jackson Elementary School!  I am extremely honored to be serving as Assistant Principal at a school that is committed to helping students succeed in all areas: academically, socially, and emotionally. I have been in the field of education for over 20 years, serving as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and instructional coach. I am very excited to be taking the next step in my career with the caring, bright, and dedicated staff members, students, and families of South Jackson!

At SJES, we believe all students should feel safe, respected, valued, and supported as they learn and grow each day. A learning structure built on positive relationships among staff and students and a safe environment in which to learn are top priorities at SJES. We believe that students are more willing to take risks and engage in challenging learning experiences when they are supported by caring teachers and staff members.

I want the students at  SJES to have quality learning experiences in which they are able to learn, grow, and thrive. Your input is welcome and most appreciated. Please feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions at 706-543-8798 or by email at dwilson@jcss.us.

I look forward to a remarkable year with all of our students, families, and staff members as our SJES Eagles SOAR to new heights!


Donna Wilson

Assistant Principal


SJES Teacher of the Year

Mrs. Amanda Carmichael

Amanda Carmichael - Teacher of the Year

Previous Teachers of the Year:
Cindy Lee, 2018-2019
Kelly Ryan, 2017-2018
Lisa Wilbanks, 2016-2017
Lindsey Lush, 2015-2016
Heather Allison, 2014-2015
David Farmer, 2013-2014
Jennifer Kimbel, 2012-2013
Samantha Barrett, 2011-2012
Thomas Wilcox, 2010-2011
Helen McKown, 2009-2010
Karen Rodenroth, 2008-2009
Stephen Lush, 2007-2008
Allyson Pennington, 2006-2007
Teresa Stringer, 2005-2006
Ellen Flynn, 2004-2005
Kim Cheek, 2003-2004
Kathy Goodwin, 2002-2003
Sandy Bradshaw, 2001-2002
Resa Brooksher, 2000-2001
Alice Gilbert, 1999-2000
Beth Calhoun, 1998-1999
Phil Thurmond, 1997-1998
Cindy Lee, 1996-1997
Susan Hawkins, 1995-1996
Lisa Delgado, 1994-1995
Linda Morrison, 1993-1994

Paraprofessional of the Year

Nicole Love

Nicole Love Paraprofessional of the Year












 Support Person of the Year

Kendra Giddens

Kendra Giddens

Kendra Giddens


1630 New Kings Bridge Road
Athens, GA 30607

Phone: (706) 543-8798
Fax: (706) 208-3555

School hours:
The Instructional day begins at 7:40 a.m. and dismisses at 2:35 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 a.m.
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SJES Calendar of Events
Printable School-Year Calendars

School Improvement Plans

Departments and Programs:
Grade Levels & Departments 
Media Center
Title 1
After School Program
Watch D.O.G.S. Program

GMAS Study Guide
GMAS Online Testing Experience

Staff Directory and Teacher Websites

PTO Facebook Page

SJES Partners in Education

JCSS Partners in Education

New Student Registration

Guidelines: Engaging with JCSS Social Media