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School Leaders

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Nikeysha Jackson
Principal

Nikeysha Jackson is honored to serve as the Principal of John Lewis Elementary School! Ms. Jackson holds a Bachelor’s degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master’s degree from George Mason University. After working for many years in the HR field, she made the decision to become an educator because of her passion for positively impacting the lives of children. She joined Teach for America and moved to Washington, DC to serve the students and families in the DC metropolitan area. 

Prior to serving in the District, Ms. Jackson served in various capacities in Prince George’s County Public Schools including as a 2nd Grade teacher, Kindergarten teacher, and a Math Coach. During her time in the District, Ms. Jackson has served as Assistant Principal at Watkins Elementary School and Interim Principal at LaSalle-Backus Education Campus. Ms. Jackson completed her Principal Residency with New Leaders, a nationally recognized program that develops talented educators into transformational school leaders. As a school leader, Ms. Jackson has been instrumental in significantly increasing student achievement, building and sustaining partnerships with families, and developing staff capacity. Her educational philosophy is grounded in the following principles: all students have a right to high-quality education; all students can achieve; students’ needs differ; students need to be active participants in learning; families matter; and every student needs a champion. 

 

In addition to serving children, Ms. Jackson loves spending time with her daughter, swimming, volunteering, and traveling the world.

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Milton Bryant
Assistant Principal

Milton Bryant is thrilled to serve as the Assistant Principal of John Lewis Elementary School! Shortly after graduating from The University of Maryland, Milton discovered his passion for education while on the recruiting trail as a college football coach. He joined the Office of Special Education at DCPS’s Central Office in 2009 and later transitioned to teaching through the Inspired Teaching Certification Program in 2011. Over the next nine years, Milton assumed several roles at Ketcham Elementary School. He taught grades 3-5 for six years and received multiple awards and recognition due to his students’ success. Milton successfully transitioned into an Instructional Coaching role for one year, before joining the Mary Jane Patterson Fellowship and serving as an Assistant Principal at Ketcham for the past two years. 

 

Milton has a LOVE for education and believes in Nelson Mandela’s famous quote that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” He works in DCPS because he wants to empower young people in DC to utilize this weapon to improve their communities and this city. In his down time, Milton enjoys spending time with his family, coaching football, bartending, and hanging with friends.

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Sanja Bosman
Assistant Principal

Sanja Bosman is excited to join the John Lewis team as an Assistant Principal! Ms. Bosman attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Heels!), where she studied English and Geology and was a member of the varsity fencing team. After college, Ms. Bosman served in the 2004 Mississippi Delta corps with Teach for America; she taught high school special education and coached varsity track and cross country. Ms. Bosman has worked in DC Public Schools since 2010, when she joined the team at Stanton Elementary School. There, she served as a Special Education Coordinator, Director of Intervention and Assessment, and Assistant Principal. At Stanton, Ms. Bosman led the Upper School (Grades 3-5), the school’s Culture and Climate team, and the Wellness team. She also co-led the school’s Response to Intervention/MTSS efforts, partnering with School Mental Health, as well as numerous community agencies. In 2019, Ms. Bosman began working as a Manager of Special Education Accountability in DCPS’s Division of Specialized Instruction. In this role, she provided coaching, professional development, and consultation to over thirty elementary schools across DCPS, including John Lewis!

 

Ms. Bosman loves coaching and is committed to working to ensure teachers receive the support they need to be successful! She also cares deeply about family engagement and is excited to partner with families and staff to ensure all students get what they need. Ms. Bosman holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Vanderbilt University and previously served on the Associate Board for City Year: DC. In her spare time, Ms. Bosman enjoys playing flag football and softball, taking road trips to visit her family down in North Carolina, and exploring the city.

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