CARES School Jackson
Scenes from CARES School Jackson
Meet the Principal
Mary (Maureen) Long, M. Ed
Principal, CARES School Jackson
Maureen Long serves as the principal of Canopy Children’s Solutions’ CARES School Jackson. In her role, she works with area school districts to identify and assist students whose challenges are greater than what the school district is able to provide to the student. As students progress through the CARES School program, she works to inform district leaders of each child’s progress with their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) milestones and helps to develop, with the assistance of CARES School staff, plans for students to return to general education schools and classrooms. She works alongside other CARES School staff, teachers and therapists to develop educational and behavioral programming, address challenges, and ensure the children of the school are receiving care and educational assistance that matches the unique needs of each individual student. The small size of the school ensures she has intimate knowledge of each student and is able to connect with them on a personal level.
Maureen took the helm at the CARES School in June 2008. Prior to joining the Canopy organization, Maureen has served as a Special Education teacher in various schools in Kentucky and Mississippi for more than a decade. She has also served as an elementary, middle and high school principal and eventually became a district administrator in the Mississippi Delta. Leaving the public school sector, she turned her focus to her role as a private school head master and then coordinator of the Elementary Education Program and Delta State University. Her extensive experience in education helped her realize her passion for instilling hope in children who feel they will never succeed and have otherwise “fallen through the cracks.” Working directly with students is what brings her the greatest joy and fulfillment as Principal of the CARES School.
Maureen is an alumna of the University of Southern Mississippi, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Special Education. She went on to attain her master’s degree in Special Education from Delta State University and has additional studies at Auburn University and Murray State University. Maureen is a Life Space Crisis Intervention Senior Trainer, Risking Connections Trainer and Certified Trauma Practitioner in Education from the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children.
Maureen is a native of Clinton, where she and her husband Sammy reside today. Together, they have six children and nine grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and spending time with family. She and her husband also enjoy traveling to exhibit his fine art at art shows and events.