EJCHS Administrative Team
Principal: Chanda Palmer
Danny Waxter , Julie Crouch, Shawn Lindsey and Todd Henry
Instructional Coach: Jessie Wood
Standing Front Row: Principal Chanda Palmer, Instructional Coach Jessie Wood, Assistant Principal Julie Crouch
Standing Back Row: Athletic Director Shawn Lindsey, Assistant Principal Dr. Danny Waxter, Assistant Principal Dr. Todd Henry
Dear Students, Parents, and Staff:
Welcome to East Jackson Comprehensive High School–home of the Eagles!
I have had the wonderful opportunity to experience all that the Jackson County School System has to offer through many lens–as a student myself many years ago, as a high school English teacher, as a parent, as an assistant principal, and as principal.
Our EJCHS Mission statement is “The mission of EJCHS is to graduate every student on time, college and work ready.” At EJCHS, we are redefining success. For our 1250+ students, success may look different for each individual. Acceptance into 4-year colleges/universities or technical colleges, military appointments, workforce readiness, etc. all define success for our students. To meet these vast needs, we offer traditional high school curriculum, AP programs, dual enrollment programs through both 4-year colleges/universities and technical colleges, Work Based Learning opportunities, internships, online learning opportunities, rich fine arts and CTAE programs, and a variety of athletic and extracurricular activities–the list could go on and on. We are committed to meeting students where they are and to guiding them to select the most appropriate course to lead to their success.
Although success looks different for each student, there are some common threads running through what makes each of us a successful, contributing member of our East Jackson Community. I challenge each of you, student and adult alike, to begin this school year with a renewed focus on self-discipline and personal accountability. Have excellent attendance. Make the most of the opportunities before you. Honor and respect the rules and procedures that have been established to help give you the best chance to be safe and academically successful. Ask for help when you need it. Treat others with kindness, respect, and compassion. Do the right thing–even when no one is looking. Leave a legacy that matters to those eagles who come after you. Be proud to be an Eagle!
Chanda L. Palmer, Ed.S.
Mrs. Palmer began her career in Jackson County schools in 1993 at Jackson County High School where she taught English for 13 years. In the 2006-2007 school year, she was the first teacher in the Jackson County School System to be named as a finalist for Georgia State Teacher of the Year. Ms. Palmer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Education from the University of Georgia, a Master’s Degree from the University of Alabama, and a Specialist’s Degree from Lincoln Memorial University. When East Jackson High School opened in 2007, she helped open the new school and moved into the role of Assistant Principal for Instruction where her duties included curriculum and instruction, preparing the master schedule, professional learning for staff, and serving as testing coordinator. In 2018, Mrs. Palmer moved into the role of principal at EJCHS.
Mrs. Palmer and her husband of 27 years, Jason, live in the Commerce area with their two daughters who are both proud graduates of EJCHS. The 2020-2021 school year marks Mrs. Palmer’s 28th year in education, all of which she has served in the Jackson County School System.
Ms. Julie Crouch is one of the assistant principals at EJCHS, along with being the testing coordinator for EJCHS. She began her career in education the same year that EJCHS opened in 2007 as a student teacher and went on to become a member of the Social Studies department that same year. She taught in the classroom for eight years and served in a variety of school-level leadership roles before transitioning to EJCHS’s Counseling Department in 2016, where she continued dutifully serving until being named an Assistant Principal at EJCHS for the 2018-2019 school year. She has a B.S. in Social Studies Education from The University of North Georgia, a Masters degree in Post-Secondary Education from Troy University, and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Policy and Administration from The University of Georgia. Ms. Crouch has two East Jackson Eaglets, Sidney and Avery. and when not running around the EJCHS campus, can be found at youth sporting events, UGA athletics, running, Crossfitting(if that’s a thing), or acting like she eats healthy.
Dr. Todd Henry is an Assistant Principal. He has been in public education for 28 years serving as a teacher, coach, Graduation coach, and administrator.
Athletic Director: Shawn Lindsey
EJCHS Teacher of the Year:
“Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce.” President John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, 1961
Since beginning her career in 2009, Jessie Wood has kept this quote displayed in her classroom as a reminder of her teaching philosophy and purpose as a social studies teacher. With an associate’s degree from Young Harris College and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Georgia, Mrs. Wood set out to Georgia State University to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching with a focus on Secondary Social Studies education. She began her teaching in Clarke County at Hilsman Middle School. Mrs. Wood recognized the opportunity to further her education and obtained a Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College. By 2015, Mrs. Wood joined the staff at East Jackson Middle School teaching 8th grade English language arts and Georgia studies. The past 3 years at East Jackson Comprehensive High School, she has taught 12th grade economics and 9th grade civics. To connect with students outside of the classroom, Mrs. Wood also coaches the girls golf team and sponsors student council. In addition to teaching and coaching, Mrs. Wood supports her colleagues as the social studies department chair and the 8th grade instructional coach. All of these experiences and interactions with students have allowed her to live up to the task set forth all those years ago by President Kennedy.
Mrs. Wood lives in Nicholson, with her husband, Adam and two children. Outside of teaching, she enjoys traveling, gardening and sewing.
Address: 1435 Hoods Mill Rd. Commerce, GA 30529
Phone: 706-336-8900 Fax: 706-335-2928
School hours: 8 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
(Doors open at 7:15 a.m.)