JCS Board appoints Page Jackson and North Jefferson Elementary School principals
“Nicole has spent much of her career in Jefferson County, which gives her a unique ability to understand the community and its student needs,” said Dr. Bondy Shay Gibson, superintendent of Jefferson County Schools.
Shaffer’s current role as an instructional data analyst and coordinator presents her with the undertaking of writing the county’s three-year technology and curriculum integration plan. Assuming a leadership position, she has trained all teachers in Jefferson County about the importance of aligning goals with data-driven student education. Prior to this role, Shaffer was the first principal to lead Blue Ridge Primary in Harpers Ferry where she supervised a staff of 35 employees and 169 students in pre-k, kindergarten and first grade.
“I see this role as an opportunity to build upon my energy and enthusiasm for education,” said Shaffer. “I’m very much looking forward to blending my background as a curriculum coordinator, principal and teacher to help create real-world programs that prepare Page Jackson students for the 21st century workplace,” she continued.
Shaffer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in education from East Carolina University in 1991. Starting her career in Prince William County, Virginia, Shaffer was a second grade teacher, where she transitioned to Manassas Park, Virginia as a third grade teacher and team leader. In 2010, Shaffer received her Master of Arts degree in educational leadership and supervision from George Mason University.
Shaffer will assume her duties as principal on February 6, 2017.
Dr. Bondy Shay Gibson, superintendent of Jefferson County Schools, chaired the search and interview committee personally. “Ms. Johnson's strong background in meeting the needs of special education students and utilizing data to develop successful intervention programs will certainly enhance the educational program at North Jefferson Elementary," she said.
Johnson has taught a variety of subject areas and provided instruction to special education students. Her current role at Charles Town Middle School is focused on curriculum and instruction. While focusing on this area of expertise, she strives to improve state test scores through targeted instruction and tailored teaching methods.
“I’m so glad to make a transition that keeps me involved in this community. I’m looking forward to building relationships with North Jefferson’s students and families,” said Johnson.
Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and a minor in history from Shepherd University in 2005. She earned her Master of Education degree in multi-categorical special education from Grand Canyon University in 2012. Prior to spending time in the classroom, Johnson was an applied behavioral therapist for children with Autism. During this time, Johnson was responsible for designing curriculum, providing therapy and training new therapists.
Making her transition into Jefferson County, Johnson was first employed by the Jefferson County Board of Education as a substitute teacher where she taught a variety of grade levels and subject areas. Prior to her position as assistant principal at Charles Town Middle, Johnson was a multi-categorical special education teacher at Jefferson High School where she taught a variety of classes such as, English, earth science, as well as, health and conflict resolution. She also led the behavioral and emotional disorders program for Jefferson County at T.A. Lowery Elementary School. The crux of her work during that time was to prepare students for re-entry back into the general education setting.
Johnson will assume her duties as principal on January 17, 2017.
The mission of Jefferson County Schools is: “Through excellence in teaching and learning, Jefferson County Schools will ensure that all students value themselves and others, contribute to their community and succeed in a global society.” With a total of 17 schools, the district employs more than 1,100 staff members and enrolls more than 9,000 students. The county is home to eleven elementary schools, four middle schools and two high schools. Since 2000, Jefferson County has been one of the fastest growing localities in West Virginia, experiencing more than 30 percent growth in its population. As one of the top ten employers in Jefferson County, the district annually receives teacher grants for programs that contribute to hands-on learning, preparing students for the 21st century workplace. To learn more about Jefferson County Schools, visit boe.jeff.k12.wv.us.