Jeff Kracker | Twenty under 40!

What motivates or inspires you to better the community? I am motivated by those who have come before me in this profession and this community. I am also motivated by the younger generation that I get the honor of working with throughout our community. Those professionals before us created a community that is a great place to live, work and play.

39, High School Principal, Jackson Local Schools

What motivates or inspires you to better the community?
I am motivated by those who have come before me in this profession and this community. I am also motivated by the younger generation that I get the honor of working with throughout our community. Those professionals before us created a community that is a great place to live, work and play. I believe as young professionals, it is our obligation to take what they have built, make it better and continue the progress of Stark County. In that way, we now have the opportunity to leave our mark on Stark County, honoring those professionals before us. We can then make it a more dynamic and exciting place for our young people to continue their growth and expand their opportunities so that we can keep their talents right here in Stark County.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever been given?
Hard work is the only “short cut” to success, you interview every day, and you win with people. I believe that all three of these pieces of advice are intertwined. I try to apply them daily, the same way my grandfather, Clem Kracker, did as he worked hard, took care of business and was kind to people on his route as a milkman for many years here in Stark County.

“Mr. Kracker demonstrates characteristics of effective leadership through his energy and passion for Jackson Local Schools. He attends hundreds of school and community events that take his time far beyond the school day into the evening hours and on weekends.”
-Chris Goff

Education
• Jackson High School, 1997
• Bowling Green State University, Undergraduate degree in education, summa cum laude
• Ashland University, master’s degree in educational administration, 2008

In the community
• Attends and participates in several community events
• Committee member of the Jackson Local Schools Foundation Board
• Has volunteered at the district’s St. Baldrick’s and Polar Bear Plunge signature fundraising events
• Has volunteered as a coach in the Jackson youth football program, Jackson Baseball Association and Jackson Youth Basketball Association

Accomplishments
• Was named Circulation Desk Supervisor while at Bowling Green State University
• Received 2001 BGSU on-campus student employee of the year award
• Member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity where he was the Alumni Chairman, the R.I.S.K. Manager, New Member Educator and held the highest active member GPA for three semesters
• Named to the Golden Key National Honor Society and the Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society
• Recipient of the Corriell-Everett Memorial Scholarship, the Thompson Memorial Scholarship, the Bowling Green Trustee Scholarship, and the Sam Walton/Wal-Mart Scholarship
• Attended Ashland Leadership Academy Series (ALAS)
• Has promoted the Jackson Academy of Global Studies at Jackson High School as the direct supervisor of the academy when he was an assistant principal and has continued to help the academy grow in enrollment through his direct supervision and leadership
• Has maintained the more than 10-year student exchange relationship with Jiaozhou High School, Jiaozhou, Shandong Province, China
• Has traveled to and observed as the JAGS district leader many International Studies Schools Network (ISSN) schools
• Has maintained and grown relationships with the ISSN school leaders that offer ongoing guidance for the JAGS program

Family
• Wife: Colleen
• Children: Jonah, 14, and James, 10

Nominated by
• Chris Goff, CEO, Employers Health

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass