Dr. John A. Word, Sr. is a native of Washington, DC. He has worked in four districts spanning Washington, D C, Maryland and Virginia. He earned his Doctorate in Education Leadership and Policy Studies from the George Washington University. He is a two-time alumnus of Bowie State University, in Bowie, Maryland, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in History and Master of Education in Secondary School Supervision and Administration. He is the immediate past President of the Bowie State University National Alumni Association, Inc. where he served two terms. He also works as an adjunct member of the faculties of George Mason University and the George Washington University.
Dr. Word began his career in education as a high school social studies teacher in Charles County Maryland. Since then, he has served the field of education as instructional supervisor, assistant principal, principal, and university adjunct faculty member.
In August, 2016, Dr. Word retired as the principal of Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, Virginia, having served in that position since February of 1998. Prior to becoming principal of Kenmore Middle School, Dr. Word worked as principal of Garnet-Patterson and MacFarland Middle Schools in Washington, DC and assistant principal at Kelly Miller and Stuart Hobson Middle Schools and Phelps Vocational High School also in Washington, DC. Dr. Word worked as an adjunct faculty member at Bowie State University beginning in 1983 and served consecutively in the College of Education for 17 years from 1995 until 2012 when he became the president of the Alumni Association.
As an undergraduate student Dr. Word was selected to student teach in Jamaica, West Indies. In 2007, Dr. Word was accepted into the Japan Memorial Fulbright Program, which afforded him an opportunity to spend three weeks in Tokyo and Kagoshima, Japan. From 2006 until 2013, Dr. Word represented all secondary school principals in the Commonwealth of Virginia as the At Large Board Member on the Virginia Association of Secondary Schools Principals (VASSP) Board of Directors. In 2005 and 2015, Dr. Word was nominated by his parent community and faculty as Principal of the Year for Arlington County. In 2011, Dr. Word’s school hosted President Barack Obama as the president urged congress to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act. Dr. Word testified before the Federal Communication Commission in 2013 on the state of the federal E-Rate program. In December of 2015, Dr. Word was the only principal invited to the historic signing of the new education law, Every Student Achieves Act, as a Kenmore student introduced the president.
Dr. Word is a member of Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship, Inc. and a founding member of the Prince George’s’ County Graduate Chapter. He is directing an effort to improve the lives of young men through the Groove Leadership Academy and the Kenmore Scholars Mentoring Project. Dr. Word is married to Dr. Marsha Mims-Word.