Gerry Jacoby has been in the field of education for over thirty years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and state certification in elementary and early childhood education from Seton Hill College in Pennsylvania. She earned her M.Ed. (Educational Communications and Technology) from the University of Pittsburgh, while maintaining a position as head teacher and practicum supervisor at the Child Development Center at Seton Hill College. Mrs. Jacoby designed and implemented a new Kindergarten program at the local parochial school, and designed and taught a pull-out program for bright and gifted students in first through third grades.
Upon moving to central California, Mrs. Jacoby taught a third, fourth, and fifth grade combination class in a Montessori school, where she again did most of the curriculum design, planning, and implementation. After a brief side career selling insurance and securities, Mrs. Jacoby was asked to teach math at Dunn Middle School in Los Olivos, California, where she stayed for four years.
After relocating to Southern California, Mrs. Jacoby taught fourth grade and junior high at St. Anthony School in El Segundo, where she then also served as vice-principal and then principal. After successfully completing the WASC accreditation process with the school, she joined a team led by Dr. Jerome Porath in revising a petition for a new charter school. Mrs. Jacoby, along with Dr. Pat Monson, was named co-principal and full time teacher at the newly formed Downtown Value Charter School in downtown Los Angeles during the 2003/04 school year, and then assumed the duties as principal full time the following year.
Mrs. Jacoby led the fledgling charter school through the next ten years, bringing enrollment from 55 to its continuing maximum enrollment of 448 in five years. State API scores for Downtown Value School climbed steadily from 560 to 839 during her ten year leadership.
Upon the announcement of Dr. Porath’s retirement for June, 2013, the Board of Directors for Value Schools conducted an extensive search for a new CEO, unanimously naming Mrs. Jacoby as CEO in June, 2013.