JenniferJones, K-2 IRT, Lake Myra Elementary

All About Me!

  • Born November 28, in Santa Barbara, California


  • Married to David, wedded bliss since 1994 
  • Have two beautiful daughters, Kelsey & Abbey
  • Attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

  • B.A. - English, Minor in Psychology
  • CA, FL, NC Teaching Certificate-Elementary Education
  • Trained in Reading Recovery and Cross-Cultural Language Development
  • Started teaching in 1993. 
  • Taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade.
  • Have taught in San Luis Obispo, CA, for San Luis Coast Unified School District


  • Taught in  Gainesville, FL at P.K. Yonge Developmental
  • Research School, College of Education, University of Florida
  • Served as Literacy Trainer, Beginnning Teacher Mentor and Everyday Math Coordinator


  • Math & Literacy lessons published online at and
  • Workshop presenter for K-2 Reading Comprehension and K-2 Phonological Awareness and Phonics for the Florida Reading Initiative
  • Featured in district videos on Running Records, Guided Reading, and Using Student Data to Drive PLC Conversations
  • Conference presenter at the Florida Educational Technology Conference in Orlando, Florida
  • Conference presenter at the National Association of Lab Schools at Columbia University in NYC
  • Reciprocal Teaching co-presenter at a Florida reading workshop, January Jamboree 
  • Teacher mentor & cooperating teacher for University of Florida College of Education
  • Classroom host for NEFEC, Literacy Research in Action
  • Developed and facilitated math and literacy workshops for parents and teachers
  • Part of three science grants for the co-development of outdoor science education including a Toyota Tapestry grant, Creek School: A Day of Learning in Our Own Schoolyard 
  • Writer's Workshop model teacher
  • Guest speaker at NC State, Technology & Literacy Instruction
  • Site representative on the WCPSS Literacy Committee
  • SST, Student Study Team, K-1 Representative
  • Intervention Alignment Committee, Teacher Representative
  • DIBELS Teacher Trainer
  • PLC Team Leader
  • ROARing Staff Award, November '07
  • Classroom Host for NC Teacher Visitors
  • K-2 IRT & Intervention Alignment, Lake Myra Elementary

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My Favorites

  • Favorite Thing to Do: Spending time with my wonderful family, going on walks and picnics, going swimming and laughing 
  • Next Favorite: Beading, Scrapbooking, Knitting
  • Favorite Sport: Watching Gator Football
  • Favorite Food: Mexican (with yellow cheddar!)
  • Favorite Morning Stop: Starbucks - caramel machiatto :-)
  • Favorite Store: Target
  • Favorite Classroom Item: 3M Sticky Back Chart Paper & Scented Mr. Sketch Markers
  • Favorite Place to Visit: New York City
  • Favorite Color: Pink
  • Favorite Stuff: Paper, Glass Beads, Shoes, and Vera Bags
  • Favorite Breakfast Food: Bagels and Cream Cheese
  • Favorite Lunch: Salad
  • Favorite Dinner: Carabba's Restaurant


My Teaching & Learning Philosophy

I believe the essence of teaching is about creating meaningful learning experiences for every child, which emphasize:

  • children's active participation in their learning, they should be able to talk with peers and make choices based on personal interest to them.
  • teaching meaningful and important lessons that are relevant and essential to high performing student achievement.
  • curriculum content and teaching strategies that consider the developmental stage of each child, their learning style, their current academic level, diverse background and their individual schema of the world.
  • working collaboratively with my grade level team members to provide intervention and enrichment to all first grade students.
  • the regular use of technology to showcase our work, publish student writing and create a purpose/audience for our learning.
  • consistent and on-going assessment of student progress.

There are many resources and systems in place at Swift Creek Elementary to accomplish my teaching and learning philosophy: our own classroom community, meaningful, important classroom lessons, parent connection and communication, resources in the community and on the Internet, and my own continued learning and on-going professional development.