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Valerie Camille Jones Receives Nation's Highest Honor For Teachers in Math and Science

February 2016

Spelman Alumna Valerie Camille JonesDr. Valerie Camille Jones has been an educator for 15 years, most recently serving for four years as a Pre-algebra, Algebra 1, and Geometry teacher for sixth through eighth graders at the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta. Jones was named the recipient of this year's Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching - the nation's highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science.

Jones uses a flipped classroom teaching model and incorporates performing arts, real-world connections, and video games into lessons. 

Originally from Naperville, Illinois, Jones has trained more than 17,000 teachers from across the globe on her instructional methods. She has presented her techniques at several universities, created video modules for Teach for America to showcase best practices; and has been a featured presenter at the largest educational technology conventions in London and the United States.

Jones has been a teacher of the year, math department chair, and coach of a national championship MATHCOUNTS team. She has also served as a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Accreditation Committee.

She has a B.S. in mathematics from Spelman, as well as a M.Ed. from Georgia State University, and an Ed.D. from Teachers College and Columbia University, both in math education. She holds certifications in elementary education, middle grade mathematics, 7-12 mathematics, educational leadership, instructional supervision, gifted in-field, and studio teacher. Jones is also National Board Certified in adolescence young adult education.

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also are invited to Washington, D.C, for an awards ceremony, as well as educational and celebratory events, and visits with members of the White House administration.

"It is a tremendous distinction to represent the best teachers in the nation who dedicate their lives to uplifting their students and inspiring a love for mathematics education. It is an honor to share best practices and hopefully influence the lives of students not only in my classroom, but in classrooms across the country. I am humbled and extremely grateful to be recognized for an award that shines a spotlight on the positive things happening in American education."

- Dr. Valerie Camille Jones

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