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-led 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.

 Dustin Barnes, Academic Principal

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Dustin Barnes, Academic Principal

Barnes, who has served as academic principal at Francis C. Hammond Middle School since 2014, joined Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School on July 1, 2019.  Barnes brings more than ten years of experience in public schools. He previously served as a high school history teacher in Queen Anne County Schools and as department chair of World History at T.C. Williams High School. We are confident that he will be a strong and experienced addition to the leadership team at Jefferson-Houston.

 

 

 Tiffany Young, Assistant Principal

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Tiffany Young, Assistant Principal

Young has previously worked as an assistant principal at Fairfax County Public Schools and Arlington Public Schools, where she supported literacy instruction, special education, worked to better leverage Title I resources for students, and led the process for school innovation and improvement planning. She was a Fullbright Memorial Fund Teacher to Japan in 2002, has a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from Cambridge College, a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from South Carolina State University, and qualifications in administration and supervision in preK-12, elementary education K-6 and middle school math. She has a post-master’s in educational leadership from The George Washington University.