Lillie G. Jessie

Lillie G. Jessie

Occoquan District


About Lillie G. Jessie

Mrs. Jessie was first elected on November 6, 2012, to fill the remaining term of the Occoquan District seat, which was vacated in the spring of 2012. The seat had been filled on an interim basis until the election. She was re-elected in November 2015. She was elected by the School Board to serve as Vice Chairman in 2016 and again in 2017. Mrs. Jessie, a former teacher, supervisor, and administrator in Prince William County Public Schools, retired in the 2010-11 school year after a 35-year career, 20 years of which were served as principal of Elizabeth Vaughan Elementary School. Under her leadership, Vaughan became a National Model Professional Learning School. It was nationally recognized for closing the gap.

Mrs. Jessie is a nationally recognized author, mentor, master teacher, and innovative administrator in the educational field. During her tenure with Prince William County Public Schools, she served as supervisor of the Title I Program, a diagnostician, a reading teacher, assistant principal, and principal. She has authored three anthologies, “The Collaborative Principal” and “The Collaborative Teacher,” published by Solution Tree, and the recent nationally published anthology, "It’s the Principal of the Thing." Her latest publication is “The Ten Principal’s Principles for High Performance in Diverse, Low-income Schools.” She and her staff are featured in three national videos and she is the author of a national video, “Nothing Happens Until People are Having Fun.” She is also an educational writer for the Old Bridge Observer.

For 17 years, she worked in conjunction with the Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta (PWCAC) sorority, Prince William County Schools, Hylton Memorial Chapel, and local churches to lead the annual community celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the Youth Oratorical Contest. This project created by Mrs. Jessie was one of the largest celebrations of Dr. King’s birthday in the nation, with as many as 3000 in attendance. Speakers were invited to speak at the White House and Governor’s Mansion. PWCAC celebrated the 29th Anniversary of this project this year (2019).

Mrs. Jessie has received numerous awards for her contributions to the educational community. Recently her name was added to the Prince William County Walk of Fame. She was named Supervisor of the Year while supervisor of Title I. In 1996, she received The Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award and was named the Prince William County Principal of the Year. She received the Unsung Hero Award from Channel 50, Educator of the Year from Dale City Christian Church, NAACP Community Service Award, Eboné Image Leadership Award from the National Coalition of Black Women, a leadership award from the National Congress of Negro Women, the Prince William County Kathleen Seefeldt Community Service Award, and a Prince William Board of County Supervisors Commendation. She received the 2010 Universal Human Rights Day Award from the Prince William County Human Rights Commission. In 2014 she received the Citizen of the Year Award from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. A new wing added to Vaughan Elementary School in 2009 is named for Mrs. Jessie.

Mrs. Jessie served as a member of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's Standards of Learning Innovation Committee from 2014-2016.

She earned a master’s degree in Communication Disorders from Northwestern University, a bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology from South Carolina State University, and Certification in Administration from the University of Virginia.

 

Occoquan District Schools