Atlanta Public Schools (APS) Athletics Director (AD) Jasper Jewell has been selected by the Georgia Athletic Directors Association (GADA) as Class AAA state Athletic Director of the Year. Jewell was previously selected by his peers as Region Georgia 4-AAA Athletic Director of the Year. Jewell will receive both awards at the GADA state conference in Savannah this March.
“I am really proud of the accomplishments that our dynamic student-athletes have made, and I am honored to be a part of a staff that has helped to double athletic participation in four years,” said Jewell. “Our athletic teams have consistently gotten better, and we are able to compete frequently in the state. This drives my passion for this work. It’s the students that make this the best job ever.”
There are 74 schools across the state that make up Class AAA. Six APS high schools participate in this classification: Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy, Douglass, Maynard Jackson, South Atlanta, Therrell and Washington high schools. The GADA awards committee voted to select Jewell as the class 4-AAA Athletic Director of the Year from approximately 80 school candidates. There are 13 schools in the region, all comprising of schools from APS, DeKalb, Clayton, and two independent schools. Out of six classifications ranging from A through AAAAAA, Jewell is the only district level AD selected to receive this award.
Jewell is an APS graduate of Daniel M. Therrell High school. He attended Clark Atlanta University, where he received a bachelor’s in health and physical education. Jewell has also earned both master and educational specialist degrees in physical education and an add-on certificate in educational leadership from Jacksonville State University.