Thomas Jefferson Elementary / Middle School
Thomas Jefferson Elementary/Middle School educates students while nestled in green neighborhood of Hunting Ridge next to Leakin Park.
About Thomas Jefferson Elementary/Middle School
Thomas Jefferson Elementary/Middle is an Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) award-winning school providing state-recognized gifted and talented education aligned with Maryland's Criteria for Excellence. Working in partnership with Young Audiences, Thomas Jefferson Elementary/Middle is also an Arts Integration school providing educational arts assemblies, workshops, residencies and teacher professional development programs. Students' artwork is seen throughout the colorful building, including multiple engaging and encouraging murals along its hallways. Woven into the school's daily practices as a Baltimore City Schools Wholeness site, staff leverage strategies from the CASEL Framework for Social-Emotional Learning. These strategies support and encourage students to make positive decisions based on their understanding of Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision-Making. Students at Thomas Johnson Elementary/Middle also have a wealth of extracurricular opportunities to choose from as well as additional support through After-School Tutoring programming.
- 95.4% African-American
- 1.5% White
- 2.9% Hispanic
- 0.2% Other
- Gifted and Advance Learning Site
- Honors courses
- Intensive social-emotional site
Meet the Principal
Principal Danielle Davis is the principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary Middle School. As head of the Hunting Ridge area school, she says she looks forward to preparing her scholars with academic and emotional resources to become respectful, responsible and productive citizens of the world. “My favorite part of this work is having a direct connection to students that are the future leaders of our country,” she said. “I have the opportunity to lead them in the right direction and provide them with guidance so they become successful in life.”
Prior to taking the lead at Thomas Jefferson Elementary Middle School in 2017, Davis served as a teacher at William Paca Elementary School and as assistant principal at Harford Heights Elementary School, Margaret Brent Elementary Middle School and North Bend Elementary Middle School. Davis initially worked in the corporate world in New York City but her career was unfulfilling so she moved to Maryland to start teaching. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Hofstra University and a master’s in education from the Johns Hopkins University. “[Moving] was the best decision I ever made,” Davis said. “I enjoy changing the lives of children and supporting them to achieve their goals.”
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