Nassau BOCES appoints new Assistant Principal of Adult Education
Jamel S. Johnson was recently named Assistant Principal of the Nassau BOCES Adult Education Program, bringing more than 10 years of experience to the position. The administrator takes the helm after serving as an assistant principal at Richmond Hill High School in Queens.
Mr. Johnson began his educational career in 2007 as a teacher of students with disabilities at the elementary level for District 28 in the New York City School system, a mission he devoutly pursued for seven years. While there, he also devoted his time to molding young athletes as a district basketball coach. Within four years, he took on the additional role of Program Director of the 21st Century Day Camp at Queensborough Community College.
In 2014, Mr. Johnson moved into the role of technology teacher for District 28. During that time, the district began to realize his full leadership potential and after only two short years in this position, they selected him for the role of assistant principal.
Mr. Johnson said he was drawn to Nassau BOCES by an increasingly growing passion. “Through my work in the New York City schools, I fell in love with career and technical education, so helping to lead this program is a natural fit.”
Adult Education is an umbrella under which a number of vital programs operate including Adult Career and Technical Education, Job Placement and Vocational Training. Mr. Johnson would like to see expansion in a number of program areas, such as onsite job training. “One possibility is to bring training directly to our industry partners. We will continue to expand and grow our offerings for onsite workplace training.” He would also like to expand job placement and recruiting opportunities, ensuring that students will begin their careers upon graduating.
“We have a great program here that has the potential to become the industry standard, not only on Long Island, but throughout the entire state,” Mr. Johnson said. “For example, our medical programs are providing students with wonderful training opportunities, as are plumbing and construction trades. These are high-need areas within the workforce, for which we can provide qualified people to fill important roles.”
Mr. Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz, a master’s degree in Childhood Education and Special Education from Touro College, and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Queens College. He also holds a number of certifications as a New York State educator including school building leadership, general education and education of students with disabilities, as well as IC3 certification in Internet core computing.