Mr. Jenkins is a 1981 Honor Graduate of Atkins High School. He was president of the Class of ‘81, participated in football and track, and kept stats for the basketball team. He graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 1981 with a BSE in Secondary Education, majoring in Health/Physical Education with a minor in English. In 1997, he obtained an MSE in Secondary School Leadership from the University of Central Arkansas
Jody Jenkins became Superintendent of the Atkins Public Schools in July of 2019. Being a 1981 graduate of Atkins High School, and returning to the town he grew up in makes this career change a very special choice for Mr. Jenkins. Although he realizes Atkins has changed a lot since he grew up there, it is still his goal to ensure that people think of Atkins as the most excellent place to raise a family, because of the community’s focus on faith and family. With the influence he had received from coaches, teachers, and community members in his school days at Atkins, Mr. Jenkins wants to offer an educational experience that prepares the children of Atkins to be able to make their future as bright as it can be.
Previous to being hired as Superintendent at Atkins, Mr. Jenkins has served in several schools in various educational capacities. His first educational job was at Magnet Cove High School where he coached football, basketball, track, and taught Civics and Health Education from 1985-1987.
Mr. Jenkins was hired in the Russellville School District in 1987 where he coached football, basketball, track, and taught English at Gardner Junior High School until 2000, serving as assistant football coach until 1997 when he became head coach for the 1998 and 1999 seasons. He was head track coach from 1987 until 1998, winning four conference championships and two regional championships. During the summers, while teaching at Russellville, Mr. Jenkins managed the Atkins City Pool in his hometown of Atkins, where he taught swimming lessons for several of his current employees at Atkins Public Schools.
Ozark High School hired Mr. Jenkins as High School Principal and Athletic Director in 2000, where he served until 2015. While Principal/AD at Ozark, OHS received academic recognition for one of ten schools in the state of Arkansas whose students improved on the composite ACT for five years in a row. He also was part of much expansion including a state of the art Gymnasium/Activities Center opening in 2002, and Ozark hosted the basketball state tournament three times during his tenure as well as several Regional Tournaments. He was also a partner with the area youth organization as they developed a high school baseball stadium with the help of a grant from Major League Baseball. Also, Mr. Jenkins was AD as OHS installed one of the first 4A artificial turf stadiums in the state.
Mr. Jenkins retired as Ozark High School Prncipal in 2015, and spent a year working as a substitute in area school in the Arkansas River Valley, and took over as the High School Principal/Athletic Director at Johnson County Westside in 2016-17, and helped secure a permanent person. In 2017-18, Mr. Jenkins taught a 3rd Grade class at Ozark Milton Elementary School as a long term subsitute the first semester, and then completed a long term substitute STEM Classroom at Ozark Middle School.
Alma High School hired Mr. Jenkins to run the alternative school program for the Alma School District, Alma Opportunity School for the 2018-19 School Year.
Mr. Jenkins brings 34 years of experience to his position as the new superintendent at Atkins.
Mr. Jenkins is married to Kristi Burris Jenkins, a 1983 graduate of Atkins High School. Mrs. Jenkins will be the 5th Grade Literacy Teacher at Atkins Middle School this year, and she has 32 years of experience in education having taught in Malvern, Russellville, Atkins, and Ozark.
They have two grown children, both of whom graduated from Ozark High School. Jacqueline Moore is starting her first year as Freshman English Teacher at Shiloh Christian Acadmey in Springdale, Arkansas. She has spent the previous two years as Oral Communications Teacher and Freshman Dance Coach at Fayetteville High School. She is married to Brandon Moore, a former pitcher for the Arkansas Razorbacks, and spent a couple of years in the Milwaukee Brewers organization before having to retire due to injury. Brandon is a minister and works in the Men Sharpening Men Ministry of Northwest Arkansas. Jackie and Brandon are graduates of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Ryan Jenkins recently graduated from the University of Arkansas, and plans to coach. He is seeking his Master’s Degree at the U of A as he continues to work as a Graduate Assistant for the Football Program’s Equipment Manager program, and works on the practice field under the Offensive Coordinator.
The entire family is deeply committed to educating youth, and also hold common bonds by answering a higher call to work to improve the lives of the children of the state of Arkansas.