Assistant Superintendent of Student Achievement
Year Honored: 2007Center for the Improvement of Student Learning
At the time of the Award, Erin Jones was:Instruction Coach
John Rogers High School
In just one year as a literacy coach at John R. Rogers High School in Spokane, Erin Jones has made a significant impact on the lives of the school's students, 70 percent of whom are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. In addition to modeling innovative and engaging lessons for other teachers to observe, Jones teaches a class called AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) to help students focus on attending a four-year college. Jones also created a weekly leadership group called "Ladies of Distinction" to provide opportunities for young minority women to work with and be mentored by professional women from within the community. Born and raised in Europe, Jones shares her experiences with a variety of cultures and backgrounds in a program she co-teaches called HOPE (Helping Overcome Prejudice Everywhere). She is quadrilingual, speaking Dutch, Spanish, French and English, and was previously an award-winning French immersion teacher and co-creator of the language immersion program at Stewart Middle School in Tacoma. While at Stewart, Jones also served as program coordinator for the Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Initiative, which provides training and scholarships to emerging urban leaders.