JASON S. SAMUELS
Occupation: Program Manager, Hampton School Age Programs
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Norfolk State University, Leadership Certificate, Academy for Nonprofit Excellence at Tidewater Community College, University of South Florida, Muma College of Business Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate.
Family: Wife, Keisha M. Samuels; two children
Community organizations/affiliations: I have served the City of Hampton with the Department of Human Services as a Social Worker in many capacities to include Foster Care, Child Protective Services, and Adult Services. In addition, I currently serve on various local, regional, state and national councils and boards to include Hampton Neighborhood Commission: District 8 Commissioner (Capacity Committee, Neighborhood and Schools Committee), Hampton City School’s Rights and Responsibilities Committee, PTA member of Armstrong Elementary & Phoebus High School, Downtown Hampton Kiwanis Club, Downtown Hampton Exchange Club, Crowne Pointe Home Owner Association (President), Hampton Triad, Hampton Senior Citizen Advisory Council, Peninsula Agency on Aging Advisory Council (Past Chairman), Peninsula Agency on Aging Board of Directors (Past Member), Virginia/DC Board of Director Senior Corp Association (President), National Association of Foster Grandparent Program Director Board, Peninsula 100 Black Man, Inc., Aberdeen Historic Civic Association, Hampton Branch of the NAACP and a member of Ivy Baptist Church.
Why did you decide to run for election to the Board?
My desire to run for the Hampton School Board is based on my passion to ensure that ALL of Hampton’s young people - without regards to race, gender, religion, background or socio-economic status - have access to, and receive innovative, quality and equal education to ensure their success. I believe we must always be in the mode of insisting on continuous improvement for our students, which is something our children and families of Hampton all deserve.
In your opinion, what are the three greatest strengths of HCS?
- A division with schools of choice that prepare students for lifelong learning
- A strong and effective strategic plan that serves as a road map for success into the 21st century
- A career focused school division that provides its employees the opportunity to advance their career and place priority on fostering and sustaining relationships within the community with students, families, and the business community
How do you see yourself personally contributing to HCS?
By utilizing my leadership skills as a program director and social worker to have open and honest conversations with parents, teachers, stakeholders, investors, administrators and fellow School Board members, to identify the much-needed resources necessary to support our young people and our schools.