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Jerbrel Bowens Named BHS Assistant Principal

Brighton Central School District Superintendent Dr. Kevin McGowan has announced the selection of Jerbrel Bowens as the new Brighton High School assistant principal.

“Jerbrel Bowens will be an incredible addition to our leadership team and the BHS staff,” Dr. McGowan said. “We could not be more excited and eager for him to be on board. Jerbrel impressed us with his clearly demonstrated leadership skills, variety of experiences, depth of knowledge, and passion for supporting all students. Jerbrel’s energy, enthusiasm, and capacity as a leader and educator will be impactful for our students, staff, and community on day one! Welcome to the team, Jerbrel.

Mr. Bowens has been a music teacher at School of the Arts in the Rochester City School District for the past seven years. He is a building committee member and a member of the school’s culture and climate committee. Mr. Bowens previously was the marching band director for Webster schools.

Mr. Bowens earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in K-12 music education and Master of Science degree in educational literacy from Houghton University. He is finishing a Certificate of Advanced Study in educational leadership from SUNY Oswego.

Mr. Bowens and his wife have a 19-month-old daughter.

“I am truly honored to have the opportunity to serve our wonderful Brighton students, our amazing staff, and our fruitful and caring community,” Mr. Bowens said. “During my tenure as an educator, I have had the joy of educating and leading students and their families in both urban and suburban school districts. In this time, my passion for ensuring all students have the opportunity to succeed and feel valued has been unwavering. As a student who graduated from a large suburban school district with as many opportunities as Brighton has, I have a personal understanding of the power of quality education, instruction, and opportunities that are backed by families and the community that the school serves. It is no secret that Brighton understands this as well. It is also no secret that Brighton educators, support staff, school leadership, and families know that education is for all and that it is a critical avenue for ensuring that our students become self-sufficient community members and leaders for tomorrow.”

Mr. Bowens will replace Ashley Edwards, who will be transitioning to be an assistant principal at Twelve Corners Middle School in the fall. Ms. Edwards will replace Betsy Paddock, who will be overseeing the Aspire program at TCMS and BHS. Bowens will start his work in Brighton in July.

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