JD coordinates with faculty, administrators, parents, families and other nonprofit organizations to create student learning and development opportunities—both classroom-based and extracurricular. He manages our Student Government, and knows most of our (over 500) students by name. He spearheads the development, implementation and evaluation of policies and regulations pertaining to student life, oversees annual production of the Student Handbook and other documents, administers internal judicial and disciplinary procedures, and serves as an ambassador and a liaison between our alumni, parents, students, neighbors, community leaders, and partner organizations. More importantly: JD juggles his many roles and responsibilities with congeniality, wisdom and much-needed humor.

Abbey Kerins

Director of School Transformation/Teacher, Partners in School Innovation

Mr. Cogmon was a dependable and trustworthy leader who provided effective information and support to students and their families. Mr. Cogmon was especially adept with “at risk” at the school and dedicated extra time and effort until a positive outcome was cultivated.

Mr. Cogmon is an authentic community worker who worked seamlessly with students from both the middle school and the high school. He is culturally literate about the various nuances and politics of students who come from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. Mr. Cogmon also taught a leadership class for middle school students, led the student government and served as primary council for graduating seniors.

Staci Smith

Middle School Principal, Oakland School of the Arts

An orientation is the first impression students get when they begin their semester with us, so it’s a critical day during which time we need to share a great deal of information but also speak to students about a broad range of topics that will excite and engage them. Mr Cogmon did a workshop on social networking, uses of technology, online learning, and 21st Century skills. These are all topics of great interest to students and their response was very enthusiastic. When we handed out the evaluations, students were asked to score from 1-5 as rating for the various workshops, with 5 being the most positive. Mr Cogmon received 7 from many of the students.

Suzanne Korey
Academic Coordinator

City College of San Francisco

Javon has devoted his career to finding ways to support students to be successful both academically and in life. This work has spanned many years, as Javon has served in various capacities in San Francisco Unified School District and as counselor and Dean at Oakland School for the Arts.

Javon’s strengths are not just in the counseling realm. He has an understanding of curriculum and about the California Content Standards. He is a motivated worker who searches for creative solutions to challenges and does not give up until he finds them. In his work with me and in his other positions he has demonstrated an ability to find resources and coordinate them within the school and with outside agencies and partners.

JD coordinates with faculty, administrators, parents, families and other nonprofit organizations to create student learning and development opportunities—both classroom-based and extracurricular. He manages our Student Government, and knows most of our (over 500) students by name. He spearheads the development, implementation and evaluation of policies and regulations pertaining to student life, oversees annual production of the Student Handbook and other documents, administers internal judicial and disciplinary procedures, and serves as an ambassador and a liaison between our alumni, parents, students, neighbors, community leaders, and partner organizations. More importantly: JD juggles his many roles and responsibilities with congeniality, wisdom and much-needed humor.

Soma Mei Sheng Frazier

English Instructor , Gavilan College

Mr. Cogmon worked for the County Community Schools and the Dropout Prevention Office. Both of these organizations served high school dropouts and at-risk students, ages 14-20. He worked closely with teachers, counselors, parents, and community members to coordinate the delivery of support services for students. He used his bilingual and interpersonal skills to meet the needs of a diverse socioeconomic and cultural group of secondary students. Mr. Cogmon also provided support services for high school dropouts in a community college setting. Due to Mr. Cogmon’s diligent work with students, his caseload of students increased their academic success and school completion during his time with San Francisco Unified School District.

Elaine Whitney

Assistant Superintendent/Assistant Principal, BSUSD/SFUSD