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Dr. Jessica Garrett

Dr. Jessica Garrett

Associate Professor

"To be a successful principal, you must first be an outstanding teacher! We need principals who can make an impact in the classroom and with their teachers. Only then can we transform the face of education."

Degrees Held:

  • Ed.D. — Sam Houston State University, 2004
  • M.A. — University of Texas Permian Basin, 1997
  • B.S. — West Texas State University (currently known as West Texas A&M University), 1991

Career Highlights:

  • Burkman, A., Garrett, J. & Posner, B. (2019). Does Organizational Size Impact the Leadership Practices of School Leaders? International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, (2018-4347).
  • Garrett, J. (2019). Climate and Culture in Higher Education. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, 19 (1).
  • Garrett-Staib, J. & Burkman, A. (2015). Leadership Practices of Texas Female Superintendents. Advancing Women in Leadership Journal, (2015-0610).
  • Garrett-Staib, J. & Badgett, K. (2014). Savannah's Story: Negotiating the Challenge of Reporting Suspected Child Abuse. International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies, 4(4).
  • Johnson, J. & Garrett-Staib, J. (2014). Digital Dilemma: Defining Privacy in the Information Age. International Journal of Education, 2(1).

In which online degree program do you teach?

Master of Arts Educational Leadership

Which classes do you teach online?

School Law; Principalship; Theories of Educational Leadership; and School Finance

What do you want your students to learn in your classes?

Educational Leadership candidates will be able to advocate for a shared vision of student success.

Educational Leadership candidates will be able to plan for the coordination of human, fiscal and material resources through effective written and oral communication with internal and external stakeholders.

Educational Leadership candidates will be able to demonstrate critical thinking in their deliberations related to the use of data and the systemic consequences of their decisions.

Educational Leadership candidates will articulate an appreciation for the diverse needs at the campus and individual level, and employ principles of equity to address those needs.

Educational Leadership candidates will be able to reflectively consider their experience, perspectives, perceptions and motives, and how those elements influence their decision-making.

Educational Leadership candidates will be able to identify and utilize evidence-based research which will support student achievement on a campus.

What's the best advice that you could give your students?

I would advise all my students to make sure that they are passionate and driven in their work. I also advise my students to always be true to themselves. Have a strong foundation in who you are and what you stand for!

What qualities make someone particularly successful in educational leadership?

To be a successful principal, you must first be an outstanding teacher! We need principals who can make an impact in the classroom and with their teachers. Only then can we transform the face of education.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that educators face today?

Major challenges currently facing public schools are: classroom size, poverty, family factors, technology, bullying, parent involvement and student behaviors.

Why did you start teaching?

I originally set out to be a vocal performer. I had the opportunity to take a Music Therapy class, and that class changed my life! I fell in love with teaching children with special needs! Immediately, I changed my major to Special Education/Interdisciplinary Studies.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know about you.

I used to be the front-woman for a rock band when I was an assistant principal.

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