Jefferson Middle School Academy
Andre Samuels began his work with DCPS in 2008 as an assistant principal at Stanton Elementary School and Smothers Elementary School. Upon arriving at MacFarland Middle School in 2010, Mr. Samuels led his team of educators in rebranding the school, fostering community support, and arming themselves with job-embedded professional development to address issues often associated with poor instructional practices. One of the most important components was deciding, differentiating, and mastering a curriculum that best met the academic needs of the diverse student population. Mr. Samuels’ hard work paid off, with 80% of the staff receiving an IMPACT rating of “Effective” or “Highly Effective.” MacFarland ended the 2013 school year with the 3rd highest proficiency gains on the DC CAS in Math and 5th highest in English Language Arts in all of DCPS, the highest combined performance gain of all middle schools in the district. Mr. Samuels transitioned to lead Browne Education Campus in 2013 where he remained as principal until 2017, moving to be a Director of Learning with DCPS’ Leadership Development team focused on the development of assistant principals. Mr. Samuels has a Bachelor’s degree and two Master’s degrees from Howard University and a Master’s degree from Georgetown University.