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 fourth year at Jacobson, my second 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 twentieth 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-first 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. 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.
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 three years. I am appreciative of the partnership we have with our school community.
Thank you for your hard work, resilience, and flexibility during the opportunities and challenges of the 2020-2021 school year, which was a rewarding year in which we learned to access education in a variety of ways. I am looking forward to an amazing 2021-2022 school year!
Derek Sprecksel, Principal