Jesse Mazur has been the principal of George Washington Middle School since 2014. Dr. Mazur has over 20 years of service in education, the majority of which he has served as a school administrator. Before coming to Alexandria City Public Schools, Dr. Mazur was a school administrator in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He also was a social sciences teacher in the Milwaukee Public School system.
Dr. Mazur received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in social studies and education, a master’s degree in school administration and supervision from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Doctorate in Education and organizational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mazur has been recognized for possessing deep knowledge of curriculum, instruction, and assessment as well as coaching others. Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His.
Jeanette Vinson has been an academic principal at George Washington Middle School since 2016. She joined Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) in 2003 and served previously as dean of students (2014-2016), administrative intern (2013-2014), and special education teacher (2003- 2013). Prior to joining ACPS, Mrs. Vinson worked in Prince George's County as a special education teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and a master’s degree in educational administration from Trinity University. Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Aisha Ortiz has been the academic principal of George Washington Middle School (GW) since 2020. Ms. Ortiz stepped into the role, taking on the instructional leadership of the English language arts department as well as facilitating other programs such as New Teachers for incoming GW staff. In 2019, she became a dean of students where she led the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program to positively affect the climate and culture in GW. Ms. Ortiz joined Alexandria City Public Schools in 2018 as a special education teacher serving all content areas across grades 7 and 8.
Ms. Ortiz previously served in leadership and/or administrative capacities across Prince George’s County, Maryland as well as in District of Columbia Public Schools with roles including grade level chairperson, content chairperson, administrative designee, director of special education, and instructional lead teacher.
Ms. Ortiz holds a bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in Spanish from Spelman College and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Notre Dame of Maryland. She holds professional educator certifications in administration, special education and elementary education. Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Kristin Gullette is the sixth grade academic principal at George Washington Middle School. Previously, she served as the EL department chair and a biology teacher at Alexandria City High School. Ms. Gullette also spent two years living and working with migrant families in Sinaloa, Mexico where she started a literacy program for adults. She has spent time teaching with Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and leading humanitarian work in Central Appalachia.
Ms. Gullette has a Bachelor of Science in biology and secondary science education from the University of Maryland. She earned a master’s degree in school leadership and development from Harvard Graduate School of Education. During her time at school, she worked with Dr. Irvin Scott at the Leadership Institute for Faith and Education, which focuses on connecting families and local volunteers to public schools. Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Dean of Students
Kevin Malone began working as the dean of students at George Washington Middle School (GW) in 2022. Prior to becoming dean, he was a professional school counselor at GW for students in grades 6-8. While working in Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS), Mr. Malone has also been coaching with the Alexandria City High School boys’ basketball team.
Mr. Malone earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from James Madison University with a minor in coaching education. He received a Master of Education in counseling and development from George Mason University. Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His.
Dean of Students
Javaughn Perkins became dean of students at George Washington Middle School (GW) in 2022. Mr. Perkins has been at GW since 2006 where he previously taught civics and economics. Prior to joining Alexandria City Public Schools, Mr. Perkins held leadership roles with Howard University School of Education, The College Board and Prince George's County Public Schools with an emphasis in curriculum evaluation and program management. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Bowie State University and a Master of Education degree in education and community engagement from Concordia University.