Dean of Students Message
It is a blessing to serve our students alongside such an incredible staff, devoted parents, and dedicated community. Together we work to build meaningful relationships with students to help them be successful.
As Dean of Students, I hope to champion our school’s mission and vision in order to provide a challenging learning environment while also supporting students to acquire the knowledge, skills, and character they will need to excel in education, work, and life. Jefferson Middle School has a long tradition of excellence in education with Oak Ridge Schools and reaches this through high student attendance, academic growth, achievement, and fostering a love of learning. These efforts are detailed in our Portrait of a Graduate work. JMS is a special place because we focus on educating the whole child. Having the opportunity to work with a staff that recognizes the importance of helping students with self-awareness, self-discipline, and empathy in addition to preparing them for college and career readiness is one of my favorite parts of walking into our building each day. It is incredible to witness the opportunities students have here at JMS!
We believe that well established procedures help provide structure and routine, allowing students to know exactly what is expected of them during their time at JMS. We strive to take a shared leadership approach with students, teachers, school counselors, and parents to help communicate these expectations and monitor progress along the way. We recognize that there are times when a student may need additional support. It is our goal to work closely with teachers, parents, and school counselors to help make behavior and academic support plans to ensure any student in need of extra support has what they need to be successful.
I am grateful to play a role in our students’ education. If there are ever any questions, concerns, or thoughts you would like to share with me, I encourage you to reach out. I am happy to help and want to support our students however possible.