Derek O’Konek, Jefferson Elementary Principal


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Dear Jefferson Families:

I am thrilled to be the Jefferson Elementary School Principal for the 2019-20 school year! I have spent six years in the Richland School District as an Assistant Principal, most recently at Jason Lee Elementary School.  Although I am sad to leave the families of Jason Lee, I am so excited to begin my journey here as a Jefferson Eagle!

Communication is key in ensuring success for all of our students. At any given time, please feel free to contact your child's teacher, counselor, assistant principal, or myself. We have an open door policy and want to partner with you. When we are all on the same page, great things happen for our students!

This summer our staff is engaging in multiple professional development opportunities. We are continuing our work with Professional Learning Communities (PLC), Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and implementing Investigations 3, our new math curriculum. I am very impressed with the level of devotion and professionalism our teachers have displayed this summer!

The 2019-20 school year is going to be amazing and I can't wait to meet all of our students and families!


Derek O'Konek