Dear Jefferson Family,

    It is my great pleasure and honor to serve you as the new principal of Jefferson Elementary. I look forward to meeting with all of you and working alongside the school community. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with dedicated, hardworking students, staff, and families with so many points of pride. I have dedicated my career to the students of Ionia Public Schools for the past decade. Over the years I have served IPS in a variety of capacities at the elementary level as a reading and math interventionist, classroom teacher, MTSS school leader, and beyond. Most recently I served at the middle school as the Title I reading teacher and MTSS building reading coach. I am eager and excited to dedicate my skills to serve the Jefferson Elementary family. 

    As we embark on a new and exciting school year my mission is to make this school year the best one ever. I plan on working with parents, teachers, students and the entire Jefferson community to ensure our students are safe and are learning at high levels. Together we will continue to provide experiences for students to be empowered to embrace learning, and promote their social, emotional, and physical well-being. As your new principal it is important to me to greet everyone in the school with the utmost respect and kindness.  I have an open door policy and value every stakeholder's opinion. Please feel free to contact me to discuss any concerns you may have or any points of Jefferson pride you would like to share.

    I look forward to working together in the years to come with the Jefferson Elementary family.  Together we will make a long-lasting positive impact on our students. 


    Leila M. McDonald, Principal

    Jefferson Elementary