Jermaine Dawson

Jermaine Dawson
CEL District Leader Fellow

Dr. Jermaine Dawson is a native of Atlanta, Georgia where he attended and graduated from the Atlanta Public Schools. He graduated from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. He then received his Master of Arts degree in educational leadership from Kennesaw State University, where he was awarded the presidential award for obtaining a cumulative 4.0 GPA during matriculation. In 2019, he received his Doctorate degree in educational leadership from Northcentral University.

Dr. Dawson has a passion for the education of youth and has served in a myriad of capacities.  He currently serves as the area executive director of schools for Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously, he was the North Florida State Director for Charter Schools USA in Orlando, Florida. He served as region superintendent of middle schools with Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Florida. He was the director of schools with the Birmingham City School District in Birmingham, Alabama. He served as an area superintendent with the Houston Independent School District in Houston, Texas. He has also served as an elementary and middle school principal, NCLB Compliance Officer with Atlanta Public Schools; program manager of the Division of Teacher Quality at the Georgia Department of Education; regional coordinator with the United States Department of Education; adjunct professor of education at Shorter University; local school system administrator; and math teacher.  He has been successful in all his roles as a principal and principal supervisor by supporting them with increasing student achievement. Under his leadership, many of the lower performing schools were removed from various state failure lists while others increased their school grades to an A/B rating (52% to 84%) over an average of two years.

In 2019, he was inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi – International Honor Society in Education for earning a cumulative 3.9 GPA in his doctoral program. He was one (1) of 25 educators in the world selected to attend the 2017 Global Cities International Conference in Paris, France.  In 2006, the Georgia State House of Representatives wrote a House Resolution in his honor.  He worked and traveled with Former U. S. President Jimmy Carter and the Atlanta Project and was mentored by Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson. He traveled to Senegal, West Africa as an International Exchange Ambassador.  He was also featured on NBC National News with news anchor Tom Brokaw.

In his spare time, Dr. Dawson enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, reading, watching movies, eating at various restaurants and resting.