Principal’s Message

Mr Sprecksel principal of Jacobson

Melville S. Jacobson School Community,

My name is Derek Sprecksel. It is an honor to be the Principal at Jacobson Elementary School. This will be my fifth year at Jacobson, my third as the Principal.  I served as the Assistant Principal at Jacobson for two years prior to that, also serving as the Villalovoz Elementary School Assistant Principal during that time.  This will be my twenty-first year in education, all in the Tracy Unified School District.  Prior to becoming an administrator, I was a teacher at West High School for sixteen years. I also coached boys’ basketball at West High for fourteen years, in addition to serving as the athletic director there for five years. My wife is an English teacher.  This school year will be her twenty-second in the Tracy Unified School District.  We have three children.  I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and sports.  

I am passionate about all students participating in an excellent educational experience.  We have an enthusiastic, dedicated, caring Team at Jacobson to work with our students every day, helping them to reach their full potential.  We believe every student can succeed at school.  

It is essential that all students read at or above grade level as soon as possible.  Literacy is at the core of a solid academic foundation.  The 2022-2023 school year will be the second year of Jacobson Elementary School’s Book Flood.  Every student will continue to get a free book from their teacher at the end of each month of school.

We emphasize teamwork and collaboration at Jacobson.  We will continue to work together to support all students.  We also will continue to build positive, meaningful relationships with our school community.  It has been extremely rewarding working with our students, staff, and parents at Jacobson the past four years.  I am appreciative of the partnership we have with our school community.

The 2021-2022 school year was productive and rewarding.  I am looking forward to an amazing 2022-2023 school year! 

Thank you,
Derek Sprecksel, Principal