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JPS Announces New Coordinator of Literacy

Jamestown Public Schools is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Jennifer Aaron as the new Coordinator of Literacy. Dr. Aaron will provide leadership in development, delivery, implementation and monitoring of the Literacy (PK-12 English Language Arts, Library Media, and Reading Intervention) curriculum, initiatives, and educational opportunities. The Literacy Coordinator will provide an aligned and articulated instructional program to achieve New York State Next Generation English Language Arts standards.

“We are so very excited to welcome Dr. Aaron to our team as the Coordinator of Literacy!” exclaimed Michelle McDowell, Chief Academic Officer. “As we commit to literacy as one of our focuses for district improvement, Jennifer’s knowledge and experience will be an incredible asset to this work.”

Some of Dr. Aaron’s other responsibilities will include: assisting district and buildings to implement research-based school improvement practices and instructional strategies, research and development of educational resources, support school and district improvement priorities through development of professional learning opportunities for teachers, administrators, and support staff, use data to analyze effectiveness of instruction and intervention, and work with teachers and administration to plan improvement.

“Exciting things are happening at Jamestown Public Schools and I am thrilled to have a role,” said Dr. Aaron. “The District is committed to using data to help children become more successful in reading and writing, and I look forward to working with teachers and administrators to make it happen. On a personal level, the people of Jamestown have been so welcoming to me and my family. We're very happy to be here.”

Dr. Aaron has extensive educational experience. Most recently Dr. Aaron worked as a K-2 Universal Literacy Reading Coach for the New York City Department of Education. She has also been a kindergarten and first grade teacher in New York City and a third grade teacher and K-5 Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach for the Clarke County Schools in Georgia. Dr. Aaron was also selected as one of 12 teacher-researchers in a critical group funded by the Spencer Foundation. She has been a testing coordinator for the Learning Disabilities Center in Georgia and a Pre-K to fifth grade special education teacher in North Carolina.

Dr. Aaron has been a guest lecturer, presenter and been featured in publications, including methods and practice of teaching articles. She is on numerous committees and is a member of: Alpha Upsilon Alpha, the Honor Society of the International Reading Association, International Literacy Association, Kappa Delta Pi, Honor Society in Education, National Council of Teachers of English and the National Education Association.

Dr. Aaron received her bachelor’s degree in the Education of Deaf Children K-12 from The University of North Carolina, her master’s degree in Reading and L.D. K-12 from the University of Miami, her Advanced Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership from Stony Brook University and a doctorate from the University of Georgia in Language and Literacy Education. She holds NYS certifications in: School District Leader, School Building Leader, Childhood Education, Students with Disabilities and Early Childhood.