At Marco Island Academy’s recent board meeting, Jenny Cartwright was unanimously approved as the newest member of MIA’s overachieving board. She replaces David Fireman, who recently resigned. “Jenny is uniquely qualified to fill the slot of Parent Representative,” said board chair, Jane Watt, “She is a devoted mother and has been involved with her husband, Jay, in MIA school activities and fundraisers.” She also does volunteer work at Tommie Barfield Elementary School (TBE) and Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS).
Jenny and Jay Cartwright moved to Marco Island (initially to Goodland) from Nebraska 24 years ago, shortly after they married. They have owned and managed Car Right Auto Sales in Naples for the past 22 years. Although Jenny takes care of the paperwork, payroll, bills etc., she says that raising her kids to be respectful, capable adults is her main goal and most important job.
They have five children ranging from age 11 to 18. Their oldest daughter, Julia (now a legacy freshman at the University of Nebraska) captained the MIA girls soccer team last year and their son, Jay, a junior at MIA, is currently president of the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter and a member of the football team. Their younger siblings are coming up through Marco Island’s A-rated school system. Through her volunteer work, which she says she loves, Jenny has made a wide range of contacts throughout the community, “getting to know kids and parents on a more personal level.”
Jenny has seen the high level of support from the community for TBE and MICMS. She would like to see this level of support for MIA also. “I believe this can be done by promoting closer relationships and ways to communicate between the school, parents, students and community members,” Jenny said, “That will be a priority for me.”
She says she is especially appreciative of everything that MIA has done for its students. “I love what they stand for,” Jenny says, “and I know that the school has made a difference in my own kids’ lives. I would like to see all our children succeed. [As a board member] I believe I can make an impact.” I know and have worked with Jenny; MIA is lucky to get her.