We're delighted to announce that Tosha Jackson has been appointed Head of School at Daystar Academy. With more than 20 years experience in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), Ms. Jackson is well equipped to lead our educational community.


Welcome our new Head of School, Tosha Jackson.

“Our community is excited to welcome Tosha into this leadership role,” said Lauren Smith Elrod, board member and search committee member. “From the classroom to administration, she not only possesses the right experience and skill set, but she also brings an entrepreneurial vision to help guide the future of Daystar.”

Ms. Jackson most recently served as Chief of Schools for the AUSL network at CPS, where she promoted a high culture of aspiration and achievement to reach the goal that all students graduate college- and career-ready. Her work included ensuring the implementation of data-driven cycles of inquiry, high-quality curriculum, and professional learning protocols.

Ms. Jackson is a leader of leaders who met regularly with school administration to identify potential roadblocks and design opportunities to continuously improve teaching practices. After undergraduate studies in psychology, Ms. Jackson earned her Master’s in Counseling and Master’s in Education and is currently pursuing her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from National Louis University. 

“I’m excited about the future of Daystar. When we couple our faith with academic excellence, we are preparing students to be guided by a moral, ethical, and spiritual compass as they develop into emotionally intelligent leaders who serve with confidence, vigor, and creative ingenuity to take on the challenge of some of the world’s most complex problems.”
- Tosha Jackson, Head of School








Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Toledo, Ohio, where the weather mimics Chicago with beautiful summers and cold, cold winters."

Tell us a little about your family.
"I am married and have three children
Ashley, Aris, and Noelle. My oldest, Ashley, just completed her Ph.D. at the University of Central Florida, and we are very proud."




What was your favorite subject in school when you were a kid?
"English. I have always loved literature and am an avid reader. I also consider myself to be an amateur poet and spoken word artist. Emphasis on the word amateur." 

What teacher was the best you've ever had, and why?
"Ms. Linda Ramsey, my high school English teacher. She nurtured my love of literature and was the first teacher to expose me to African American literature."




What are a few things you enjoy doing in your free time?
"I love reading fiction in my free time. I also love period dramas and enjoy the theatre. When I have the time, I like to knit and refurbish old wood furniture." 

What's your favorite spot to eat downtown?
"I don't have a favorite downtown spot, but the tacos and guacamole at Mercaditos are amazing!" 

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