Fellowship Role: Assistant Associate Superintendent, Little Rock School District (Little Rock, AR)
Corps Region/Year: Mississippi Delta 2010
Jonathan is serving in a new role as Assistant Associate Superintendent for the Little Rock School District in Arkansas as part of the Fellowship. In this role, Jonathan oversees a number of high-priority intitiatives for the district, including a new teacher and administrator evaluation system and a high-profile teacher recruitment program as well as continuing to oversee his former school. Prior to the Fellowship, Jonathan served as the principal of Baseline Academy in Little Rock. In two years, Baseline became a model site for school improvement as identified by the Arkansas Department of Education. Jonathan was selected as the 2014 Arkansas Teacher of the Year while teaching at Palestine Wheatley High School. His students were recognized for the most improved literacy scores in the state of Arkansas, improving from 36% to 92% proficient or advanced. Jonathan was recently selected as a national honor roll teacher for the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice, the Lowell Milken Fellowship for Unsung Heroes, and a regional finalist for the White House Fellowship.
Jonathan holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of South Carolina and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Arkansas Tech University, and he is currently pursuing an Ed.S. and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Arkansas Tech University.