At the recent Utah Teacher Fellows face to face convening, Michele Jones presented an incredible ignite session. She shared her passion for advocacy, her love of education, and her commitment to students. It is a privilege to feature her on this week’s Thank a Teacher.
Where did you do your teacher prep? At the University of Utah
Where have you taught in your teaching career? In my career I have taught at Brockbank Junior High, and currently Cyprus High School.
What is the funniest thing a student has ever said? If you READ the instructions, the problem actually makes sense!!! (actual epiphany, not sarcastic.)
What advice would you give to new teachers? Find the great teachers close to you and make friends with them. They will support and uplift you and your teaching practice.
What is your favorite teacher resource? Other teachers.
Describe any experience you have had in education policy. I have helped create district curriculum maps and curriculum, I have given input as a member of focus groups and panels, I have helped write legislation at the state level.
What’s the biggest change you would like to see in education? I would like teachers be treated like highly trained experts in their field (as professionals). This is a twofold change, both entry into the profession (though I understand why it is in place, there should not be “alternative routes” to being a licensed teacher) and how teachers are payed and treated.
Why did you choose to become an educator and why do you choose to stay in the profession? Because I have a chance to impact the life of every student that walks into my room. As a math teacher I can open the gates of opportunity for all of my students, inspire them to be more than they are today and help bring thoughtfulness and kindness into our society.
Anything else we should know? Teaching is the best!!!
Michele is so involved in Utah education and you can learn from her experiences by following her on Twitter @4micheleJones