Assistant Principal, David H. Hickman High School
"My WWU experience was fun! The professors were fun. I went in thinking I was attending an informational open house, only to find out it was the first day of class. I looked around and saw many of my colleagues in class, and I stayed. Overall, it was a good experience and I believe the cohort method is the way to go. I credit Mrs. Herndon for getting me involved in the Master’s program. She placed an ad from the newspaper on my desk, and said, ‘You need to do this!’ Her persistence paid off."
Jerome Sally is a former Mizzou Tiger and (NFL) nose tackle who played professionally for seven seasons for the New York Giants, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Kansas City Chiefs. Since the early 1990s, he has worked for the Columbia Public School District, and is now assistant principal at David H. Hickman High School, in Columbia, Mo.
Jerome earned his undergraduate degree in education at the University of Missouri, and his M.Ed. at William Woods University’s Columbia site.
Jerome is a native of Maywood, Illinois, but now lives in Columbia with his wife, Debbie. He has two children, Micah and Raysha, the latter of which followed in her father’s footsteps and is teaching in the Kansas City area. Jerome enjoys bass fishing, golf, music, reading, and spending time with his family and friends.
Jerome spends much of his time mentoring current and former students. He, along with colleagues, saw a need for positive reinforcement at Hickman (home of the Kewpies) and initiated the “QP3” program. The three expectations outlined in QP3 implore “Q-P’s” to do three things: 1.) Achieve Academic Excellence, 2.) Demonstrate Personal Integrity and Responsibility, and 3.) Value Diversity. QP3 focuses on the major tenets of Hickman’s mission, and Jerome urges all members of their learning community to embrace these principles through behavioral change and activities.
Asked if he had any advice for students, he replied: "Stick to your principles, be ethical and consistent."