New assistant superintendent brings equity to WGSD

Ethan Weihl
Video Editor

At its meeting on Feb. 10, the Webster Groves School Board announced Dr. Jason Adams would become the new assistant superintendent of teaching and learning for the district.

“He has personified what we hope for in a school system,” superintendent John Simpson said. 

Adams currently serves as principal of Maplewood-Richmond Heights Elementary School. He has also served as an assistant principal in the Parkway School District and a teacher in the Kirkwood School District. 

Adams brings experience with social justice issues to the district. 

“He has a really deep knowledge of best practices in the classroom,” Simpson said.

He has served as a part of the Educators for Social Justice St. Louis, an organization of teachers and administrators who, according to their website, hope to “develop and support socially just, equitable, and sustainable practices in schools and communities.”

Simpson said that social justice experience is something that the district was looking for in their search. 

“We need somebody who is going to be courageous,” Simpson said.

The hiring process included three different interviews and four performance events to give the candidates an opportunity to demonstrate their skills.

“Our process is a pretty rigorous process,” Simpson said.

Adams will start in his new position this summer.

Ethan Weihl – Video Editor

This is senior Ethan Weihl’s second year on ECHO Staff. He previously served as News Editor.  He has not decided on college yet, but he wants to major in Political Science, History and/or Journalism.


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