Greetings, my name is Jordan Pickens and I have the privilege to teach the young minds of Southern Jr/Sr High School in the fields of American History, World Geography, Social Psychology, and Sociology. I am a 2009 graduate of Southern High School where my interest in Social Studies began with outstanding teachers Mr. Brent Smith and Mr. Ryan Lemley.
I began college at Ohio University where I was originally a communications major. After thoughtful consideration I transferred to the University of Rio Grande where I decided to become an education major with my focus on Integrated Social Studies. During my time at the University of Rio Grande I was elected to the history honors fraternity known as Phi Alpha Theta, and eventually became the Vice President of the Rio Grande Chapter (Alpha Alpha Delta.) In the spring of 2014 along with a Dr. Ivan tribe released a local history book titled "Images of America: Meigs County." In 2015 I was named an Associate Producer of a documentary produced by Evan Shaw and WOUB titled Our Town: Pomeroy, which was fortunate enough to be nominated for a local EMMY®.
In 2013 I married my high school and college sweetheart, Calee, who teaches 8th grade science at Meigs Middle School. We had our first son, Andrew, born on January 24th, 2017, and our second child, Clara was born March 30th, 2019.
I have been fortunate to teach in several different positions at Southern Local, including Intervention Specialist, Carol M. White P.E.P Grant Coordinator, A.S.K After School Coordinator, and Health teacher. In the 2017-2017 school year, I was able to step out of my comfort zone and was fortunate to teach 8th grade Science at Meigs Local. In the fall of 2017, I returned to Southern High School and plan to stay here until I retire.
In my spare time, outside of teaching, I am very active in Freemasonry. I am the 2020 Worshipful Master of Middleport Masonic Lodge #363 and the 2019 Worshipful Master of Harrisonville Masonic Lodge #411. I've held various positions in Pomeroy Chapter of Royal Arch Masons Chapter #80, Bosworth Council of Royal and Select Masons #46, and Ohio Valley Commandery #24 of Knight Templars. My wife Calee and I are members of Racine Chapter #134 - Order of the Eastern Star. I am also a 32° Scottish Rite Mason in the Valley of Gallipolis and a Shriner of Nemesis Shrine Temple in Parkersburg, WV. Additionally I am a Knight in Valley Lodge #169 Knights of Pythias (non masonic fraternity) in Nelsonville, as well as having been named a Colonel in the Honorable order of Kentucky Colonels. I currently serve as President of the Southern Tornado Alumni Association. On the historical side of my life, I am a past President of the Meigs County Pioneer and Historical Society, and currently serve as a judge for the Ohio History Day state contest.
Local history has always been a passion of mine and in my classroom, I try to incorporate it as much as possible. I have written two books, Images of America: Meigs County (2014) and Historic Tales of Meigs County (2019,) as well as numerous local history articles.