Meet Jenny Hardy! She is now the Assistant Principal at Jefferson High School, where she previously worked as an amazing math teacher for 13 years. She has great amount of school spirit and also serves as the Varsity Football Cheerleading Coach.
A fellow teacher said, “Ms. Hardy has a heart for Jefferson and Jackson County. She impacts students in a positive way by treating them with respect and expecting their best! Jenny is a valuable part of Jefferson City Schools!” When Ms. Hardy isn’t at school or a sporting event, she loves spending time with her family and cheering on the Georgia Dawgs!
Jefferson High School students, London Clark and Stephen Braver sat down with Ms. Hardy to discuss her life and love of Jefferson and Jackson County.
Question: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
Answer: “I started teaching because I remember being a student and not understanding. I vowed when I became a teacher that I would create an environment in which my students would feel comfortable and able to learn.”
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Jackson County, and what do you love there?
A: “Gringos, I like their burritos con cream.”
Q: What modern convenience would you want if you were stuck on a deserted island?
A: “I guess some kind of technology.”
Q: Who was your favorite teacher growing up?
A: “Her name is Ms.Morrison. She made math fun and also it made you want to learn more math. I tried very hard to mimic her teaching style.”
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Jackson County?
A: “I lived in Jackson County for 13 years and I have in worked in Jefferson City Schools for the last eight years.”
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met in Jackson County and why?
A: “Rob Alexander the judge and an attorney in Jefferson.”
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
A: “My bucket list is to attend a UGA game at all SEC schools. Also, I want to go to Ireland, Spain, and I would like to visit the States out West.”
Q: What is the first movie you remember seeing in a theater?
A: “The first movie I remember seeing in the theater was the Indiana Jones movie.”
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: “Choose kindness.”
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: “One of the things that is on my bucket list is to attend every SEC football stadium.”
Q: What is your favorite music/three bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: “I love country and old school country. I would like to see George Strait, Eric Church, and Garth Brooks.”
Q: What local business makes you the most nostalgic about Jackson County and why?
A: “I love going to Crawford Long Pharmacy. The service is good always and I love supporting that local business.”
Q: Choosing anyone (past or present and a non-relative), with whom would you love to have lunch? And where locally would you have this lunch?
A: “I would have lunch at Cream and Shuga with Melissa McCarthy.”
Q: What is your favorite thing about Jackson County?
A: “I love its proximity to everything, Atlanta, Athens, and Gainesville. Also, I like the small town and everyone is supportive in times of need. The people support their teams, too.”
Q: Where do you see yourself in five or 10 years?
A: “I hope I’m still doing this job and I look forward to what I’m doing in five years. Then in 10 years I hope to be still in education for Jefferson City Schools.”
Q: What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: “In my family I’m the only girl. I don’t have any first cousins.”
Q: What three words mean “Home” to you?
A: “Love, Comfort, Family.”
The Faces of Jackson County is a project to showcase the amazing people that live or work in our community. If you would like to nominate an interesting person to be featured please email firstname.lastname@example.org.