Aona Jefferson

Aona Jefferson

Aona Jefferson is currently serving her second term as president of the Council of School Officers, AFSA Local 4 (AFL-CIO) in Washington, DC. She was elected in 2008 and is the first woman to hold the office. She began her teaching career in her hometown of Washington, DC in 1970. Ms. Jefferson served 27 years as a teacher. She became an assistant principal in 1996. She served five years as an assistant principal. In 2001 she was appointed principal. Ms. Jefferson spent 34 years at Woodson SHS as a teacher, coach, coordinator, assistant principal and principal. She was the recipient of many awards and commendations during her career, including a letter of commendation from former President William J. Clinton as a finalist for the Disney Teacher of the Year awards. Ms. Jefferson retired in 2007 after 37 years of service with DC Public Schools.

Aona Jefferson is a product of the District of Columbia Public Schools.  She received her B.S. degree from North Carolina A&T State University, a M.S. from George Washington University and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Education Leadership from the University of the District of Columbia. Ms. Jefferson is a third generation union member. He grandfather was a Pullman porter for the Pennsylvania Railroad that unionized under A. Phillip Randolph. Her father, while working in the insurance business, was responsible for forming the union to improve wages and working conditions. Ms. Jefferson is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Phi Delta Kappa, NABSE and an active member in her church Gethsemane United Methodist Church.