Kristi Jones has always wanted to be a teacher. As a first-grade teacher at Johnson Elementary School in Harrison County, she said she has enjoyed the past 15 years working with children.
“I love teaching first grade because so much growth happens during this academic year for children. They become readers, writers, and really start to gain an understanding of mathematics. In addition to language arts and math, we can explore so many concepts in social studies and science, etc., and the children just soak everything in. Many ideas and concepts are brand new to them, so I love the excitement and sense of discovery that happens in first grade.”
When Mrs. Jones was named Harrison County’s 2021 Teacher of the Year, she was recognized for her efforts to encourage and foster open lines of communication with parents and families.
“Education is always evolving — this is true now more than ever. Teachers are inside of peoples’ homes via remote learning. Not only are we role models for our students — but parents, grandparents, and even daycare facilities are witnessing us teach and interact with our students and families. These interactions should be positive, meaningful, and productive.”
Mrs. Jones is an active member of Johnson Elementary School’s Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Team and was selected to attend the state Department of Education Special Education Teacher Leadership Academy to serve as a trainer for the Harrison school system. She also serves as a mentor to new county teachers.
“Having all hands on deck is absolutely essential in the success of the education system. Families, community, and school staff all play a part in education. Education is most successful when all stakeholders work together to further the initiatives set in place by the state, county, and each school.”
Jones is a graduate of Fairmont State University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s in special education with autism. When she’s not busy in the classroom, she enjoys reading, gardening, vacationing at the beach, spending time in nature, and spending time with family and friends.