Leon Rouson

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Incumbent


Leon Rouson graduated from North Carolina Central University, receiving both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. He received his PhD from Old Dominion University. He has done further studies and research at East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina [1, 2]. 

Rouson is a former public school teacher, director of the Math, Science and Education Network at Elizabeth City State University, and interim dean of the School of Education at Norfolk State University. He is currently a professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education at the School of Education at Norfolk State University [2, 3, 4]. 

Rouson received the National Black Teacher of the Year award in 1990, was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2011 for his role as a professor at NSU, and earned the Norfolk State University Outstanding/Distinguished Professor Award in 2016. He has also received over 5 million dollars in grant funding from the United States Department of Education since 2010 for teacher preparation and outreach TRIO Programs [1, 2, 3].

Rouson is also a member of the Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, the International Literacy Association, the National Association for Blacks in Higher Education, the Norfolk Campostella Heights Civic League, the Hampton Roads 200+ Men Organization, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. [1].

Rouson has been labeled as a Democrat under VPAP [5].

Key Issues


Rouson is focused on issues of diversity and social justice, most often centered around urban Black males, child development, and school culture. He is committed to continuous improvement and aims to ensure that all students receive equitable opportunities to succeed [1]. Rouson wants to raise teacher pay in order to mitigate teacher shortages [6].


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1 Norfolk Public Schools
2 Norfolk State University
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7 The Virginian-Pilot