Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! We look forward to an exciting and successful year! I am thrilled to be the new principal and part of the Jacobson community. My exposure to TK-12th grade schools and the integration of my own children’s educational journey while working in education for the past 18 years has provided me insight on how to increase student achievement and best serve our young people and school communities. My son Nathanael is 16 and my daughter Taylor is 14, they will both be attending Tracy High School as a junior and freshman. I am proud of who they are and their personal accomplishments in school and in their extra-curricular activities.
I was raised by the hardest working parents I know in the Tracy community! I am a first generation college graduate, and I am thankful my parents and grandparents pushed me to succeed. Additionally, I was encouraged to learn by some of the best educators here in Tracy. After graduating from college at St. Mary’s in Moraga, I moved back to Tracy where I started substitute teaching in 1999. I was offered a 4th grade teaching position at Wanda Hirsch Elementary in February of 2000. I spent the next 10 years working as both a 3rd and 4th grade teacher with amazing and dedicated staff, students, and parents, under Jon Fine’s guidance. In 2010 I was transferred to Central Elementary School to work with yet another amazing group of students, parents, and teachers under the direction of Nancy Link. It was my liaison position between Central Elementary and The Boys and Girls Club of Tracy that helped influence my leadership desires to make a larger impact in our community and student achievement.
In 2014, I was hired as the assistant principal at George Kelly School, with Jeanine Wilson as our principal. This is where my passion for impacting middle school students and staff members flourished. What an honor it was to serve the George Kelly School community! My professional TK-12th grade journey would not be complete without the exposure of high school. So in 2017, a mentor inspired me to become an assistant principal at John C. Kimball High School and begin the doctoral program at CSU Stanislaus State. What an incredible experience high school was for me. I was surrounded by another awesome group of staff members, teachers, and parents, under the leadership of Rob Pecot.
If I seem familiar, I may have met you and your child over the past few TK-8th grade summer school programs offered in our district. My role as the summer school principal in our district has also influenced and shaped my leadership ambitions. My professional and personal life have been enriched by the countless relationships I have built and maintained with students, teachers, support staff, colleagues, leaders, and parents of the Tracy Unified School District! I am honored to work with so many professionals who choose to transform the lives of children each day. I hope to begin building the same quality relationships with the students, parents and staff at Jacobson as well.
We are a team and together we will continue to provide the best educational experiences for our students. I believe the success of our students depends on a strong relationship between students, parents, teachers, and administrators. Positive and productive communication is at the core of these relationships. Your child’s education is of the utmost importance to all of us here at Jacobson and I look forward to working with you! This will be an excellent year!
Mary R. Petty
Proud Principal of Melville S. Jacobson Elementary School
MEET THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL:
My name is Derek Sprecksel. I am honored to be the new assistant principal at Jacobson and Villalovoz! Prior to becoming an administrator, I was a teacher at West High School for sixteen years. Additionally, I coached boys’ basketball at West for fourteen years, and was the athletic director there for five years. My wife teaches English at Kimball High School. We have three children (two sons and one daughter). I am looking forward to a great school year!
Mr. Sprecksel, Assistant Principal