29 Apr, 2020
Misty Ndiritu earned her Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical, and Adaptive Physical Education from Manchester University in 2005. She also earned her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration from Ball State University in 2011.
Ms. Ndiritu began her education career as a K-8 Health and Physical Education teacher. In 2009, she began her journey in administration when she was promoted to Assistant Principal, and then to Principal in 2011. While in her first role as an administrator, Ms. Ndiritu designed and implemented a data-driven remediation structure that resulted in increased proficiency on state standardized assessments; embedded “Train the Trainer” Professional Development to increase teacher effectiveness by instilling various teaching and learning strategies; opened a new educational facility, converting multiple campus locations to a single location; and increased enrollment to meet growth targets while also expanding grade levels to include middle school.
In 2014, Ms. Ndiritu became a teacher at Emmerich Manual High School. She was promoted to Dean of Operations in 2015 and to Principal in 2016. As principal, Ms. Ndiritu was instrumental in raising the school accountability grade. She drove the school-wide initiative of maximizing growth for high and low performing subgroups, which resulted in the highest growth of all urban high schools in Indianapolis. In addition, Ms. Ndiritu implemented the school’s 8-Step Continuous Improvement Process, fostering an increased instructional focus and improving data-driven instruction school-wide. She also implemented engaged restorative practices which reduced student suspensions during her time in leadership.
During her free time, Ms. Ndiritu enjoys being active with her three children Matava, Enzi and Moseh. As a family they love exploring state parks and traveling to new places. Misty also enjoys going to sporting events, professional and the school teams. Ms. Ndiritu is eager to immerse herself into the academic and extracurricular community.
“I am truly honored to start my leadership endeavor at Martinsville High School. I am eager to immerse myself in the academic and extracurricular communities that represent The Artesian’s student body. It is my hope that together through hard work and collaboration we can continue to honor the traditions of the community and school while continuing to build a legacy through the successes of each class. I am excited to speak of the successes that will forever be embedded in our learning community. “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless,” -Mother Teresa. “I’m proud to be an Artesian.” – Misty Ndiritu
The 2020-2021 school year will be Ms. Jackson’s 15th year in education. For the last four years, she has held the position of Dean at Martinsville High School (MHS). Prior to coming to MHS, she served as the Assistant Principal at Clarksville High School for two years and a science teacher for a combined eight years at Whiteland Community High School and Benjamin Rush Middle School.
In 2006, Ms. Jackson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Science Education from Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana. In 2013, she earned her M.A.E. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. One area of particular interest is how adverse childhood experiences impact brain development.
On a personal note, Ms. Jackson grew up in Greenwood, Indiana before moving to Sellersburg, Indiana after her freshman year of high school. Ms. Jackson’s mother is a Family and Consumer Science Teacher. Her father though officially retired works as a substitute teacher. Both of Ms. Jackson’s parents work at Silver Creek High School where all three graduated. Ms. Jackson has two younger sisters and is very proud of them. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with family/friends, relaxing at the lake and is a HUGE fan of the Indiana Hoosiers and Indianapolis Colts.