Principal's Corner

Welcome Jaguar Families! We are glad you are here!  My name is Dr. Caterria B. Payton.  I am currently in my seventeenth year with the Pascagoula-Gautier School District.  I began my career in this district as an assistant teacher at Singing River Elementary.  I was later a teacher at Martin Bluff Elementary for eight years, district lead teacher for two years, and principal at Central Elementary for four years.   I have been principal at Jackson Elementary since August 2013. 

 I am fully committed to ensuring that Jackson Elementary continues to be a safe, welcoming, and exceptional place for learning and student success.  Our children deserve no less!  Our very special elementary school has a great deal to offer. In addition to a strong focus on the academics, we provide Music, Library, Technology, Character Education, and Physical Education. 

 At JES, we carefully examine data and base our instruction upon what our students truly need.  Using research based practices, we embrace new materials, innovative ideas, and considerations for how to improve. We work collaboratively and we meet regularly as a staff to study, to learn, and to plan for the success of each child.

 As we proceed through this school year, a year where growth is guaranteed, we will maintain our focus on each child as an individual. As a highly qualified staff, we will provide quality instruction for all students. We encourage all parents to get involved in their child’s education by reading all home/school correspondences, helping with your child’s homework, reading with your child nightly, and volunteering in classrooms whenever possible.

 We have very high expectations for our teachers, parents, students, and community.  We believe that by working together our children will become confident life-long learners. Together, we can do great things for children!



If I can be of assistance please do not hesitate to contact me using the information below. 



Dr. Caterria Payton



3203 Lanier Avenue
Pascagoula, MS 39501
Phone: 228-938-6554
Fax: 228-938-6218


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