Alumni Story – Valerie Jones
Along with CEHD alumnus Pauline Henry (B.S.E. ’95), President Barack Obama named Valerie Jones (M.Ed. ’03) a recipient of this year’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching — the nation’s highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science.
Jones has been an educator for 15 years, most recently serving for four years as a pre-algebra, algebra and geometry teacher for sixth through eighth graders at the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta. She uses a flipped classroom teaching model and incorporates performing arts, real-world connections and video games into lessons.
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science (including computer science) teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the U.S.
Jones has trained more than 17,000 teachers from across the globe on her instructional methods. She has been a featured presenter at the largest educational technology conventions in London and the U.S. She has presented her techniques at several universities and also created video modules for Teach for America to showcase best practices.