Meet the New Jefferson Academy Principal

Greg Dohmann Will Step In for Natalie Gordon

Greg Dohmann. (Photo: DCPS)

Greg Dohmann knows the vision of Jefferson Middle School Academy well. He helped start it as a math teacher in 2012, continued building as assistant principal in 2014 and in the 2016-2017 school year will take the reins of that mission as the new principal.

Dohmann, 30, will take over for Natalie Gordon at Jefferson (801 Seventh St. SW), and plans to continue the process of rebuilding at the school that started in 2011, he said. 

“It was important that the person who steps into the principal role shares the values of the previous principal and continues the vision and goals going forward,” Dohmann said.

While at Jefferson as the assistant principal, he has helped reduce school suspensions by roughly 44 percent, according to the DC Public Schools (DCPS). And he wants to continue moving away from punitive disciplinary practices in his new role. Students should understand their decisions have consequences. Taking a rehabilitative approach to teaching them that concept can prove more effective, he said.

Dohmann also wants to build the relationships between Jefferson and each of its feeder schools — Amidon-Bowen Elementary (401 I St. SW), Brent Elementary (301 North Carolina Ave. SE), Thomson Elementary (1200 L St. NW), Van Ness Elementary (1100 Fifth St. SE) and Tyler Elementary (1001 G St. SE).

Right now, Jefferson is not the first choice of many parents who use the lottery to try to get their children into other schools, but Dohmann wants them to stay. He has already started speaking with the principals at the elementary schools and plans to talk with parent groups to engage future Jefferson parents.  

“We want to be a destination school for kids around the city, but we also want to be the common sense choice for all of our feeder schools,” he said.

After growing up in Fairfax County, Dohmann studied to get his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and his master’s in education from American University. He also won the 2013 Teacher of the Year at Jefferson and the Rubenstein Award for highly Effective Teaching. Follow him on Twitter @gdoh33

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