For John Bacon, his vocation was never in question. Education is his passion. "I was drawn to doing something where I could make a difference, and working in education is definitely that place," he says.
While pursuing his master’s degree in education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Bacon taught at several schools in the area. When he accepted an administrative job as assistant principal at Cloverdale Middle School, he found his niche.
At 30, Bacon became an assistant principal and two years later was principal at Dunbar Middle School, which he counts as a proud achievement. "With hard work, passion and a desire to do a really good job, I think Dunbar made great strides while I was there," he says.
After his tenure at Dunbar, Bacon became principal at Hall High School before accepting a unique opportunity at eStem in Little Rock.
"The neat thing about eStem is that when I came in, the schools were stacks of paper," he said. "We were able to build it from the ground up the way we thought it would be best for kids."
Now executive director of schools at eStem, Bacon has also been appointed by the governor to the Arkansas Commission for the Coordination of Educational Efforts.