Podcast episode 58: Quincy teacher Camille Jones’ efforts to discover, nurture hidden talents of students
My guest for this episode is Camille Jones, the 2017 regional and state teacher of the year from Pioneer Elementary in Quincy and my cohost for the podcast is Veronique Paquette of Kenroy Elementary.
Camille Jones teaches STEAM courses (that’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) for kids in Kindergarten through third grade. Pioneer Elementary puts a high priority on discovering the unique talents of students that often don’t show up in standard classroom activities. They’ve had great success in identifying those talents and encouraging the students to build on those strengths. Focusing on student growth instead of standardized scores is helping kids develop confidence and classroom success.
We spoke about where she will use her leadership skills in coming years and the value of becoming Teacher of the Year in terms of professional growth.
Jones is an outstanding teacher who has a lot of insights into the art of effective teaching. I hope you enjoy our conversation.