Dean of Students’s Message
At Jefferson Middle School, our expert staff provides each student with a high-quality education that prepares our students for college, career, and life success. As the Dean of Students, my role is to ensure that all students at JMS attend school each day in a safe and structured learning environment. This structure ensures that our students can gain the skills enshrined in the Oak Ridge Schools’ portrait of a graduate: every student prepared, college and career ready, the four Cs, career options, digital citizen, and life ready. Moreover, communication with all stakeholders is integral to my job as the Dean of Students. As such, parents and students, please reach out to me anytime with any questions or concerns. Finally, parents, I would like to thank all of you for choosing to educate your children at JMS. Your child’s education is my top priority. I sincerely look forward to working with you and your child on their educational journey.
Jacob Robert Quilliams (Ph.D.) is a native of East Tennessee. He attended Pi Beta Phi Elementary in Gatlinburg, TN, and the McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN. After graduating from the McCallie School, he attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), where, in 2008 he received his Bachelor of Science with a major in political science and a minor in history. Next, Jacob attended Georgia College and State University (GCSU), where, in 2011, he graduated with honors and distinction, earning a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Upon graduation from GCSU, he worked as a social studies teacher and technology coordinator. In 2019 he was promoted to assistant principal at Seymour High School and completed his Ph.D. of learning and leadership at UTC. Dr. Quilliams’ research focused on technology integration and the diffusion of technology. In 2023 he began working at Jefferson Middle School (JMS) as the Dean of Students.