JPS SUPERINTENDENT DR. KEVIN WHITAKER
Dr. Kevin Whitaker joined Jamestown Public Schools as the Superintendent of Schools in June 2020 after a nearly 30-year career in education. Prior to coming to Jamestown, Dr. Whitaker was the Assistant Superintendent for School Improvement & Accountability for the Geneva City Schools, a highly diverse district of approximately 2,500 students in the Finger Lakes Region, with high levels of poverty. He is focused on equity issues and high performance for all students.
Dr. Whitaker began teaching in the Albany area before coming to the Rochester area to work at the middle school, high school and PK-12 levels. He has experience as a high school and middle school teacher, a department chair, staff developer and national-level consultant, assistant principal at the early middle, middle and high school levels, principal at the high school level in a high-needs district, and as an assistant superintendent.
Dr. Whitaker has been an adjunct professor at the University of Rochester since 2016 where he teaches a class in school law to aspiring school administrators. He regularly participates on panels and other special events to give back to the educational community.
Dr. Whitaker earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology at Union College in Schenectady, NY, followed by a Master of Arts in Teaching, also from Union College, a Certificate of Advanced Study from SUNY Brockport, and a Doctorate from the University of Rochester. He has been married for 26 years and has two daughters: Emily, who is a senior at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, and Katie, who is graduating from high school this year and will be attending Furman University as a freshman and a member of the women’s basketball team.