NGSS Writing Team Member: Andy Jackson

Andrew (Andy) Scott Jackson is a member of the central office administration overseeing the K-12 science programs for Harrisonburg City Public Schools in Harrisonburg, VA. In addition to his supervisory role, Mr. Jackson teaches honors physics and astronomy at Harrisonburg High School.

Mr. Jackson has been in this role with HCPS for eight years and has been teaching for twenty-five years. He has been with Harrisonburg City Public Schools for nineteen years. In addition to his work with children in K–12, Mr. Jackson has been an adjunct faculty member with the Department of Physics and Astronomy at James Madison University’s for sixteen years.

Mr. Jackson is active in a variety of science education endeavors. He is currently serving as the Virginia Association of Science Teachers Region V Director. He was instrumental in starting and growing the Virginia Instructors of Physics and served as president of that organization for eight years. He was the Virginia Association of Science Teachers President in 2008 and Program Chair in 2007. Mr. Jackson also serves on the board of a local watershed group, Friends of Blacks Run Greenway.

Mr. Jackson has worked on a number of curriculum projects for the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) in the area science. He has served on the committee to revise Virginia’s Physics Standards for 2003 and 2010. He served as Chair for the physics text book adoption committee for Virginia in 2004.

Mr. Jackson received his BS in Physics from James Madison University and lives in Harrisonburg with his wife and two daughters.