Where Arts and Academics Meet in Excellence

 Principal Jackie Cornelius – Principal
Ms. Cornelius joined the Douglas Anderson family in 1988, serving as its Arts Director and Vice Principal before taking the reins as principal in 1996. Ms. Cornelius received her B.A. from the University of Florida and her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida. Under her leadership, DA has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, a National Model School, and a National Leader School by the US Department of Education as well as being listed by the Newsweek magazine as one of the Best Academic High Schools in the country. Knowing that we come to know and experience our own humanity through art, she has tirelessly initiated and supported numerous arts education projects nationally and locally benefiting the students, school, its faculty and staff. She has served as President of Theatre Jacksonville, Uptown Civitans, First Coast Business and Professional Women’s Club, and as a Past Director of the BPW Florida Education Foundation. She is a Leadership Jacksonville Alumni, ’92. She has served as President of the International Network of Performing and Visual Arts Schools, has served on the Jacksonville Women’s Network board and the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women board. She also has in the past served on the Gateway Girl Scout Council, the Mayor’s Insight Committee, the Jacksonville Symphony Education committee, and the Youth Leadership Jacksonville Board of Directors.
Awards include: the Eve Award, Florida Times Union, 2002; Florida 2000 Leadership Award/Arts for a Complete Education/ Florida Alliance for Arts Education; National Technology Excellence Award from Highwired.com and National Secondary Principals Association, March 2001; National Service Learning Award / US Department of Education, April 2001; Outstanding Arts Educator Award/ Jacksonville Arts Assembly, 1996; Woman of Distinction Award/ Gateway Girl Scout Council, 1995; Woman of the Year/ River City BPW, 1996; Excellence Award for Most Outstanding Drug Education Program /Florida Commissioner of Education, 1988.
Melanie Hammer Melanie Hammer – Assistant Principal – Instructional Leader
Ms. Hammer, Assistant Principal/Curriculum, is serving her second year on DA’s administration team. She earned a B.S. in Mathematics Education from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida. Her teaching experience includes six years as a high school math instructor–three at a magnet arts school in Atlanta and three at Douglas Anderson. In 2007 Ms. Hammer earned National Board Certification and was selected Douglas Anderson’s 2007-2008 Teacher of the Year. Among her many duties at DA are scheduling, testing coordinator, Dual Enrollment Coordinator, and OnCourse Manager.