During a special called meeting of the Joppa Maple Grove (J-MG) school board on May 7, Dr. Jeffrey Dufour was hired as the new principal of Joppa High School (JHS) and Maple Grove Elementary School. The board had previously voted to not consider a contract extension for current principal Terri Waddell at its Feb. 24 meeting.

Dufour was hired on a three year contract, beginning July 1, for the 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years. He was employed as the physical education teacher at JHS during the 2019-20 school year.

After serving in the United States Marine Corps for 20 years, Dufour pursued a career in education while living in North Carolina. He was a teacher of students with exceptionalities for 12 years and high school credit recovery teacher helping students recover credit from failed courses for one year before moving to Massac County.

He recently served as assistant principal at Meadow School and Smithfield Middle School for Johnston County Public Schools in North Carolina.

“I am excited about the opportunity of serving as principal of Joppa Junior High, High School and Maple Grove Elementary schools. I have enjoyed getting to know so many students and parents in our community as the physical education teacher and head varsity boys basketball coach this past year, and I’m very much looking forward to serving our students, staff and community in this new capacity. I see so much potential in this school system, and look forward to what we, as educators and parents working together, can accomplish for our students. I know that through hard work, dedication and a spirit of cooperation, we can assist them in reaching their full potentials as learners, and future leaders,” said Dufour.

Dufour has a bachelors of science degree from Campbell University, a master of arts in education from East Carolina University, a masters level principal licensure from Lamar University and a doctor of education degree from Liberty University.

“The Joppa-Maple Grove School District is proud to have Dr. Jeffrey Dufour join the district. His experience, student-centered philosophy and eagerness to provide opportunities for all students coincides with the district’s mission,” said Kevin Castleman, board president.

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