Jo Beth Jimerson began her career in education as a middle school English Language Arts teacher at Smithson Valley Middle School, near San Antonio, Texas, in 1995. In her 13 years with Comal ISD, she served as a teacher, an Assistant Principal at Smithson Valley High School (Go Rangers!), and as a Principal at both Bill Brown Elementary and Spring Branch Middle School.
During her last few years in Comal ISD, Jo Beth began work on her PhD in Educational Policy and Planning at The University of Texas at Austin. She completed her PhD in 2011 with a dissertation that focused on the intersection of professional learning and educator data use.
She now serves as Associate Professor or Educational Leadership at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. In her current role, Jo Beth works to prepare educators who aspire to positions of school leadership, though because of TCU's small, personalized programs, she also works with students who aim to work in corporate training, higher education administration, and athletics leadership, among other areas of focus. Her research focuses on aspects of educator data use, improving educator capacity to engage in constructive data use, the use of social media in preparing aspiring school leaders, and the pedagogy of educator preparation.
Dr. Jimerson lives in nearby Arlington, Texas, with four fur children: Pippa (Scottish terrier), Luna (MaltiPoo) and Cooper and Roux (Schnauzers).