Jefferson Elementary School

Dear Parents and Friends:

It is with great pleasure and excitement that I introduce myself as the new Acting Principal of Jefferson Elementary School for the remainder of the school year. After 14 years of dedication to the education field and over 6 years in leadership positions, I look forward to building on the legacy of success established by continuing to forge strong relationships with students, parents, staff and community partners whilst ensuring that Jefferson School is “The Right School for your Child.”

I am delighted to be a part of this great school community and am looking forward to helping the school grow and develop into a wonderful cornerstone of the community. Thomas Jefferson enjoys a rich history of academic and cultural excellence that is the result of a collegial partnership between the school staff and parents who provide a diversity of experiences for the students. During my first week in the West Ward of Trenton, I have indeed found this close working relationship and focus upon what is best for children to exist. I am truly honored to be appointed to this position and am looking forward to working with the dedicated staff to provide the best possible educational program for our students.

Before coming to Trenton Public Schools, my professional career was entirely within the New York City Department of Education, New York City, NY for many years. I held the positions of teacher, data coordinator, staff trainer of technology, and community leader. Although my former school district was very large in comparison to Trenton Public Schools, what I find comparable is the child-centered approach to education that characterizes both districts and results in an excellent school program. Parents and staff who collaboratively work together each day for the students is the exemplary quality that attracted me to Trenton Public Schools. I am very excited to be a part of the Jefferson family and to closely work with everyone to make our school even better.

My greatest initiative is to provide the leadership that will facilitate a school environment to provide differentiated instruction to meet the needs of each student to the best of our ability. The educational program must be academically challenging, engage each student by linking the curriculum to previous knowledge and experience, and also be exciting to promote further exploration of new ideas. Parents, teachers, support staff, and administration all have an important role to encourage our children to become active learners. It is my sincere desire to provide expanded opportunities for our students to acquire the skills to become productive citizens in a vastly changing society.

Over the next 5 months we will be working on 3 primary initiatives
 1. Climate and Culture 
 2. Curriculum & Instruction
3. Parent Involvement & Community Partnerships
Through a close and collegial partnership with everyone associated with Jefferson, I am confident we can make our school an even a better place for our students to learn and grow. In the next few days, you will be invited to join me and central administrators at a roundtable to talk in great details about these aforementioned initiatives. As a parent, you already know that you play a critical role in the success of your child’s academic success. Communication is essential. Therefore, if you have any questions throughout the remaining of this school year please feel free to contact me. We are here to serve you and the community.


Educationally Yours,

Wadner Gedeon, M.S Ed.; M.S Adm.

Acting Principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School
1 Whittlesey Road, Trenton, NJ 08618   |  (609) 656-4660
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