Meet the Jefferson-Houston Leadership Team

 MScott Berkowitz, Principal

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MScott Berkowitz, Principal

Prior to joining ACPS in July 2018, MScott Berkowitz was a Mary Jane Patterson Fellow in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) – a leadership pipeline dedicated to developing dynamic instructional leaders - where he co-lead C.W. Harris Elementary School.

Berkowitz served as a middle school math and science teacher and as an instructional coach with Alexandria City Public Schools from 2004 to 2013, including one year at Jefferson-Houston, where he contributed to significant gains in student proficiency in math at Jefferson-Houston and George Washington Middle School. He has also served as the assistant principal at Hybla Valley Elementary School in Fairfax County Public Schools, vice principal of instruction at Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy on Capitol Hill, assistant principal of Hardy Middle School at DCPS and summer school principal at Walker-Jones Education Campus for DCPS.

Berkowitz has a solid foundation in classroom instruction and a range of educational leadership experience in diverse educational environments. His accomplishments include double-digit percentage improvements in science, math and writing SOLs for the fifth-grade team at Hybla Valley and significant improvements in targeted areas of academic achievement. His focus on team and leadership development, through the coaching and empowerment of teaching staff, has resulted in academic gains in each of his roles.

 Mojisola O. Adejumo, Ed.D, Academic Principal

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Mojisola O. Adejumo, Ed.D, Academic Principal

Jefferson-Houston School welcomes Dr. Mojisola "I wake up into riches and wealth" Adejumo as Academic Principal. Prior to coming to Jefferson-Houston School, she served as the Title I Science Specialist for ACPS Title I Schools and School Improvement Coach at John Adams Elementary School. Before Dr. Adejumo started her journey back up “north” to join ACPS, she was in southern North Carolina, to be precise, for seven years. Dr. Adejumo was an Assistant Principal at the School of Creative Studies. She taught 8th grade science for six year and served as the science department chair.

As a classroom teacher, she loved being a part of the magic when students finally realized that they are smart, special, and here on this Earth for a reason. Her second love in education came about when she was asked to chair the School Improvement Team (SIT) at Moore Square Magnet Museum Middle School. She was driven by the opportunity to strategically guide her colleagues into meaningful collaboration and true in-depth analysis of their school processes. The combination of her love for student achievement and love for effective schooling led her on her current path of being an effective school leader.

Dr. Adejumo received her Bachelors of Science in Biology and Chemistry from Howard University and her Masters in School Administration from North Carolina Central University. In her spare time, she likes to keep her husband and three children fit with military drills she learned while serving in the United States Army.

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