Meet Jawad Pearson, New Principal of Porter Elementary School
At the August 23rd meeting of the FUSD Board of Education, the Board approved Jaward Pearson as the new Principal of Ted J. Porter Elementary School.
Mr. Pearson grew up in nearby Norco. After graduation from Corona Centennial High School, he attended Chaffey Community College and the University of Kansas, where he majored in Sociology. During the football offseason, he was a instructional aide at a middle school in Lawrence, Kansas.
"Being an instructional aide in my early twenties also inspired me to become an educator," said Mr. Pearson. "I love teaching, and I believe every student can learn no matter what obstacles may stand in front of them. I look at each student as if they are my own child. I also come from a family of teachers, principals, and civil service workers."
He continued his education and earned two Master's degrees, Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix and School Administration from National University.
Mr. Pearson began his career in education as a long-term substitute kindergarten teacher for about two years at a charter school in Riverside County. "I have a great appreciation for kinder teachers!" he said. "I was an elementary/reading intervention teacher for seven years with Moreno Valley Unified. I spent five years at Serrano Elementary and two years at Chaparral Hills Elementary. I found great pleasure offering students opportunities and access to a quality education. I was an assistant principal for two years with Riverside Unified School District. I had the privilege to work at Mark Twain Elementary and John F. Kennedy Elementary."
For the last three years, he has been a principal with Romoland School District. "During my tenure we set a goal to be the number one academically performing elementary school in the City of Menifee according to CAASPP results," he said. "The students and staff were able to accomplish this goal within two years!"
"I’m very excited to join FUSD so I can continue to collaborate with all stakeholders, and grow as an educator!" said Mr. Person.
He earned a football scholarship to University of Kansas.