Alumni & Friends  
WHO WE ARE:   The JPS Alumni & Friends Association is a group of all alumni (Parkside HS, Jackson High, & TA Wilson grads)  and friends (families, staff, community members etc.) of the Jackson Public Schools who want to be more connected with the school and community. The mission of the Association is to impact the following four groups in a meaningful way: Connect alumni with their fellow alumni, the schools and the faculty and students; Provide the students with a perspective of what's possible for them with their JPS education; Give the faculty a sense of pride of the impact their life work has made on the lives of their former students; and help the community take pride in the impact the Jackson Public School system has made. The Association will strive to keep alumni informed of current events, venues to get connected with fellow alum, and volunteer opportunities to give back to the schools in a meaningful way.
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Candi Thayer  

   Candi Thayer, Parkside High School Class of '77    

Candi is a 1977 graduate of Parkside High School.  After graduation she attended Michigan State University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in education.  Upon graduation, Candi moved to Ft. Myers Florida where she lived and worked as a teacher and administrator for 16 years for the Lee County School District.  During this time, she earned her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and completed her doctorial course work, also in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale.  Her work as an educator led her to many collaborative efforts and studies, most notably with Dr. Robert Slavin’s of Johns-Hopkins University (Cooperative Learning), the creation of Swing Time Mathematics and the Middle Grades Model of Mathematics which were all recognized on a local, state and national level.

In 1996 Candi moved back to Michigan where she continued in education for five more years as a principal.  In 2001 her life changed directions as she left education and entered the world of business.  Candi currently works for her family’s Marine Dealership (Thayer Marine) in Jackson, Michigan where she is involved in management and sales.  Candi and her brothers (Kris and Michael Thayer) are also the owners of a web-based solutions company called Marine Dealer Technologies. This company provides point of sale software, inventory management, warranty registration and claims for numerous manufacturers and dealerships in the marine and power sports industries both in the United States and Canada.

Candi believes that her thirst for knowledge and ongoing learning began at a very early age at Ridgeway Elementary School.  Her most impressionable teachers displayed such a passion for teaching that it made learning fun and exciting.   She believes that their behavior created an eagerness and drive in her to want to never stop learning.  It is for this reason she became involved in the creation of a JPS alumni association.
Fun Facts:  Candi has one daughter (Megan) who is a 2010 graduate of Jackson High School making her the third generation JPS graduate.  Both of her parents, all of her siblings, several aunts, uncles, cousins, and second cousins are all graduates of Jackson Public Schools.


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