Ernest Sessoms Jr. is the new principal at Dunbar Elementary School in Southwest Atlanta, located within the Jackson Cluster. For the past three years, he has served as Boyd Elementary School’s assistant principal, where he was awarded APS District 2017-2018 Assistant Principal of the Year. At Boyd, Mr. Sessoms helped to increase the school’s College and Career Ready Performance Index scores by two points in the 2015-2016 academic year and by 11 points in the 2016/2017 academic year. He has also helped to increase End of Grade Assessments by 8.1 percent for grades three through five. Mr. Sessoms began his career in education as a middle school math, science and health teacher in Clover, South Carolina. Since then, he has dedicated more than 14 years to APS in the roles of assistant principal, teacher, instructional coach and site administrator. He has earned degrees from Central Michigan University (master’s in adult education) and the University of South Carolina (bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in elementary education).