Faculty and Staff

Alethea Bryant-DIxon

Assistant Principal

Alethea Bryant-Dixon is an esteemed educator and the Assistant Principal here at the Willie Jeffries School of Excellence. Born and raised in the Tri-County areas of Berkeley and Dorchester Counties, Mrs. Bryant-Dixon has established Orangeburg County as her home, where she enjoys the roles of a dedicated wife and nurturing mother to a blended family of five children.

A current doctoral student at the University of South Carolina, Mrs. Bryant-Dixon’s academic journey began at South Carolina State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Arts Education with a specialization in ceramics and sculpture. She further expanded her academic achievements by attaining an Interdisciplinary Master of Arts from the University of South Carolina and an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership (Principalship) from Arkansas State University.

Having an extensive background in education, Mrs. Bryant-Dixon has held various key positions within the Orangeburg County School District. She has excelled as the School-Level Arts Coordinator, District-Level Lead Teacher, and Visual Arts Teacher. Her commitment to educational excellence extends beyond the school walls, as she actively contributes to the educational community by serving as an Executive Board Member for Palmetto State Arts Education. Additionally, she is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Mrs. Bryant-Dixon’s love and passion for education have shaped her educational philosophy, firmly believing that every child possesses the ability to learn, achieve, and make valuable contributions to society. She firmly believes that educators hold the responsibility of equipping students with the necessary tools and resources while recognizing each child’s unique potential. Mrs. Bryant-Dixon’s vision is to empower educators to create memorable learning experiences through effective pedagogical strategies and innovative ideas, ensuring the success of all students. With her dedication and leadership, she strives to foster an inclusive and inspiring educational environment where every student can thrive.

“Every child can learn, every child can achieve, and every child has a gift to contribute to the world.”

Jada Ulmer

Administrative Assistant

Jada Ulmer is a proud graduate of Claflin University, holding a B.A. in Sociology with a dedicated focus on Social Justice. Currently, she is working on her Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling, aspiring to become a School Mental Health Counselor.

When Ms. Ulmer is not immersed in her studies, you’ll find her with her nose in a book, exploring new destinations with cherished family and friends, and actively participating in the Orangeburg community. She is deeply grateful to be a part of this educational opportunity in Orangeburg and Thrilled about the positive impact we can create together.