Jamestown Public Schools is proud to announce that Maria DeJoy has been appointed the new principal at Fletcher Elementary School. Ms. DeJoy, a Jamestown High School graduate, attended Fletcher Elementary School and taught at Jamestown High School. Ms. DeJoy has 11 years of instructional leadership experiences as an Elementary School Administrator with her most recent position being Assistant Principal at the Makowski IB World School 99 in Buffalo, NY.
“We look forward to having Ms. DeJoy return to JPS to lead the Fletcher School community as principal,” said Tina Sandstrom, Director of Elementary Education. “She brings years of experience as a school administrator and a deep understanding of elementary education.”
Ms. DeJoy holds a Certification in Advanced Studies in School Administration and Supervision and a School District Administrator Permanent Certification from the State University at Buffalo, a master’s degree in Education from SUNY Buffalo and a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Social Studies Education from SUNY Fredonia.
“As a former student of M. J. Fletcher School, I always felt that Fletcher was a wonderful school to learn and grow,” said Ms. DeJoy. “I plan to continue this tradition of providing our students a caring, nurturing, learning environment. Together with the faculty and staff, we will continue to offer the outstanding learning opportunities that Fletcher is known for and proud of. I look forward to meeting all the students, faculty, staff and parents and once again becoming part of the Fletcher family and the Jamestown community. It is good to be back home.”
Ms. DeJoy’s professional responsibilities have included: Assistant Principal at Community School 53 in Buffalo, NY, Interim Principal at the Bilingual Center at the Native American Magnet School 19 in Buffalo, NY, District-Wide Curriculum Supervisor for Buffalo Public Schools and a Geography and World History teacher at Jamestown High School.
Ms. DeJoy has participated in numerous professional development opportunities including: Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling, Observation and Analysis of Teaching, Dignity for All Act, PBIS Universal and Culturally Proficient Coaching.
Ms. DeJoy has also been recognized by: Who’s Who Among America’s High School Teachers 1996 and1998, Professional Leadership Academy Fellowship Award 2001 and Distinguished Women Leadership Award 2008.
Ms. DeJoy is the daughter of Vincent and Maria DeJoy of Jamestown, NY.