Rob Ulm - Principal
My name is Rob Ulm and I am the Principal at Jefferson Elementary School. I have been at JES for 12 years, serving as Principal for 7 years and Assistant Principal for the 5 years prior.
I grew up in Noble attending West Richland Schools, and then attended Olney Central College where I received my Associate's Degree before transitioning to Eastern Illinois University. I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education with a minor in History while at EIU. Before coming back to Charleston upon graduation, I taught for 4 years in the Robinson School District. My first 4 years in our District were at Charleston Middle School as a Health & Physical Education teacher. As a teacher at CMS, I coached many sports including baseball, basketball, cross country and track.
I earned my Masters in Educational Leadership from Eastern Illinois University. I was then hired as the Assistant Principal at Carl Sandburg and Jefferson Schools. I was then hired seven years ago as the Principal at Jefferson Elementary School and have been here since.
My wife and our 3 children have all attended the Charleston School District for their entire school careers. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with family and running the local trails in Coles County.
At Jefferson, our goals involve growth for every student both academically and emotionally. We want them to be successful as they transition from 4th grade to 6th grade in preparation for the move to their next levels of learning in CUSD #1.
Eddie Williams - Assistant Principal
My name is Eddie Williams. I am the Assistant Principal at Jefferson School.
I grew up in Shelby county, before transitioning back to Coles county. My wife and I are both in the educational field, with our two children. I enjoy spending time with my family, music, sports, and being outside.
I attended Lake Land College where I received my Associate’s Degree, before transitioning to Eastern Illinois University, in Charleston. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in reading and language arts. Along with my degree, I was able to receive endorsements in social science, and general music. I taught in Mattoon for 10 years, after completing my student teaching there. As I taught, I coached many sports such as basketball, volleyball, and track.
I earned my Masters in Educational Leadership from Eastern Illinois University. I was hired in 2018 at Charleston CUSD # 1 as the Assistant Principal at Charleston Middle School and Jefferson School. Along with the Assistant Principal roles, I was also the Athletic Director at Charleston Middle School. In 2019, I was hired as the full time Assistant Principal at Jefferson School.
Jefferson is a great school, where our goal is for every student to grow in leadership. Through the student’s academic, and social-emotional journey from 4th grade to 6th grade, the administration and staff at Jefferson are ready to serve our students and families.