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Bellissimo Selected for 2018 Governor's Academy for School Leadership

 Jacob Bellissimo
Jacob Bellissimo

November 20, 2017

Congratulations to Mr. Jacob Bellissimo on selection for Governor's Academy for School Leadership.  Mr. Bellissimo currently serves as the Assistant Principal of Jefferson Middle School.  He is one of 25 assistant principals across the state of Tennessee selected to participate GASL’s 3rd cohort.  GASL is a unique partnership between the Tennessee Governor's Office, Department of Education, Vanderbilt University's Peabody College, and local school districts.  Mr. Bellissimo will work closely with mentor principal, Dr. Scott Walker (Jefferson County High School) throughout the year-long fellowship.    

GASL aims to increase school leadership capacity and support individual growth toward becoming a highly effective building principal.  The program is anchored in practice-based mentorship, in-depth feedback cycles, and tailored training sessions. The mission of the program is to prepare a cohort of transformational school leaders who will improve school effectiveness/performance and unlock educational opportunities for all students. 

Participation in GASL is competitive and quite prestigious.  Up and coming school leaders from across the state vie for an invitation through a rigorous process of nomination, application, and interviews.  Mr. Bellissimo's successful application to GASL continues a tradition of excellence in Jefferson County Schools, as Mrs. Melanie Simpson (Principal, Piedmont Elementary School) and Dr. Kevin Cline (Assistant Principal, Jefferson County High School) represented the district in the first and second GASL cohorts. 

Read the TN.GOV Press Release at https://www.tn.gov/news/54234.

Learn more about the Governor’s Academy for School Leadership at https://www.tn.gov/education/topic/governors-leadership-fellows-program.


Amy Sharp




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