Jonathan G. Ross
Drexel Hill Middle School
Upper Darby School District
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania

Jonathan G. Ross“Above all else, I see myself as an advocate for middle-level education,” says Jonathan Ross. “The ‘child-centered’ foundations of the middle-school movement have always appealed to me.” Ross became principal of Drexel Hill Middle School in 2001. In 2005, his suburban school received a prestigious award for outstanding middle-school programming from the Pennsylvania Middle School Association. This recognition gave Ross and his staff reinforcement for their holistic approach to meeting the needs of middle-level students. “Our school’s ability to find a balance between the demands of the high-stakes testing era and the myriad of nonacademic needs of our students was the driving force behind this award,” says Ross. Drexel Hill Middle School currently serves 1,337 students in grades six through eight. Last year, the school made Adequate Yearly Progress after showing academic gains in all 25 subgroups of its student population. The achievement resulted not only from the hard work of staff and students, but also from a focus on measuring students’ progress and providing interventions to struggling learners. After Ross and his staff decided to implement a new instructional intervention program with sixth graders, the school received entry into a statewide pilot to establish the program at the secondary school level. Ross received his B.S. from Millersville University in Pennsylvania and his M.Ed. from Widener University in Pennsylvania.