Mr. Dwayne Jefferson is a native of Petersburg, Virginia. He is a 1988 graduate of Petersburg High School and received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Longwood University. He also holds master’s degrees in Public Administration and Elementary Education from Central Michigan University and Virginia State University, respectively.
After four years as an assistant manager in the retail industry, Mr. Jefferson switched careers to become an educator in the Petersburg Public School System (PPSS) in 2000. While in PPSS, Mr. Jefferson worked as a reading teacher/tutor; a fourth and fifth grade math teacher; and a Title One Math Resource Teacher. After five years with PPSS, Mr. Jefferson took a position as a fifth grade math teacher with Richmond City Public Schools (RPS). Mr. Jefferson taught fifth grade math for seven years at Woodville Elementary before being promoted to assistant principal in 2012. Mr. Jefferson served in the capacity of assistant principal for two years at Clark Springs Elementary School and Oak Grove-Bellmeade Elementary School in Richmond, VA before being hired as a Math Support Specialist at Yokota West Elementary at Yokota Air Base in August 2014. After working at Yokota West Elementary School for one year, Mr. Jefferson was promoted to assistant principal of John O. Arnn Elementary School at Camp Zama and served in this capacity for two years. In May 2017 he was promoted to principal of Iwakuni Elementary School in MCAS Iwakuni, Japan.
Mr. Jefferson has a strong passion for working with students to help develop, guide, and nurture their young minds. He enjoys forming and maintaining positive and cohesive relationships with colleagues, parents, the military community, and the host nation community to foster a school culture that embraces all stakeholders.