Featured Teacher:
Kristen Jones

October 31st, 2018

 

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Each month we share the stories of dynamic educators who are using MasteryConnect in innovative ways to help students be their best! Follow along with our Featured Teacher series and get to know other teachers in the MC community.

Meet Kristen Jones, she’s been an educator for 15 years and is currently an Instructional Coach for Enid Public Schools. Kristen always wanted to be able to share her love for books with others, so she spent the first 8 years of her teaching career as a Reading Specialist. She sees herself as a ‘lifelong learner’ and loves to see growth in the students and teachers around her.


 

What grades have you taught?
K-3

What is your favorite activity outside of the classroom?
I love to read, work puzzles, and travel.

How do you avoid burnout?
I avoid burnout by traveling and spending time with my family.

What keeps you excited about teaching?
Seeing growth in students and teachers keeps me excited about teaching. I’m a lifelong learner, so I like to learn about new strategies and then try them out in classrooms.

Why did you start teaching?
I’ve always been an avid reader and I wanted to be in a profession where I could share my love of books with others, so I became a reading specialist.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Don’t ask anyone to do something that you yourself are not willing to do.

If you could choose a “walk-on song” to be played every morning, what would it be?
My walk-on song would be “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys.

What is your favorite book on education?
There are too many to choose from! Unlocking Literacy by Marcia Henry is a really good one.

What advice would you give a first-year teacher?
Grant yourself grace. You won’t get everything right your first year, and that’s okay. Everyone has room to grow!

If you weren’t a teacher, what kind of career would you have?
I would probably be a librarian so that I could be around books.

What has been the most memorable moment in your teaching career so far?
The most memorable moment in my career so far was when I made the transition from teaching students to being an instructional coach. I now get to visit many classrooms and support the great work that teachers are doing.

What is your favorite quote?
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” -Maya Angelou

Tell us one of your goals for this year.
One of my goals for this school year is to further data conversations in my district. Whether that’s from the assessment side — making sure our assessments measure what we’re aiming for, or it’s on the results side — analyzing data to plan future instruction. Data is a powerful tool that should be maximized and leveraged to show students’ success.

What is your favorite MC Feature?
My favorite MasteryConnect feature is the district item bank. We’ve worked throughout this last year to establish an item bank specific to our state standards and the options there are endless!

What is one thing you want students to take away when they leave your classroom at the end of the year?
I want my students to leave my classroom knowing they are a valued contributor to our school. I strive to do the same thing with teachers. I want the teachers in my district to know they are valued contributors to our school district.

What is your dream vacation?
I would love to visit Alaska!

Anything else you want to add about yourself?
I am blessed to come to work and do a job that I love every day. I work with and for amazing educators who encourage and challenge me to be the best version of me.


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