This week it’s Jen Jones’ turn! Fun and fabulous…here’s more about Jen!
Tell us a bit about your family. Do you have kids? If so, what ages are they? Do you have pets?
I’ve been married for 18 years to my husband Justin, we have 2 boys (Taylor is 12, Coby Jones is 7) and live in Gig Harbor. We have 2 dogs, Sister Bear (11 yrs. old – shephard mix) and Bodi (1 yr. Old – English Black lab). Being a parent has shifted and changed me as a teacher as both of my boys have presented different “challenges” in school. Because of them, I believe I’m a more compassionate and understanding teacher.
What are your hobbies? What do you love to do outside of work?
I’m SUPER weekend boring. All my energy is put into the kids I teach so on the weekend I’m a hermit. When I do go out and hang with friends for dinner, I call it my “quarterly outing”. One of my underlying talents is napping and I can still get Coby Jones to join me for a “power 3 hour” nap on at least one of the weekend days. I’m a prolific reader who’s best friend is Amazon. I thoroughly enjoy reorganizing and decorating my house and have a project list 20 tasks deep, but getting my husband to “get on board with my program” is super fun (not).
How long have you been teaching, and how many years at Crescent Heights?
I’ve been extremely fortunate to have spent my entire career up here on the hill with the fabulous kids at Crescent Heights. Because I’ve been able to stay in one grade, I feel fortunate that each new year is “fine tuning” and “building on” new ideas and skills instead of having to start over and learn an entire new set of skills and concepts (it’s taken me 18 years to “master” my third grade skills). I love the age I teach and getting to keep in touch with my former kids and families as they move up in the grades at school. This school and the families that go here make my job something I love to do.
If you weren’t a teacher, what else would you love to do as a career?
This is a great question and one I’ve pondered. Maybe a home stager, someone who goes into your house, shifts furniture, declutters, shuffles “pretties” around the house to create a good energy and “zen”. Dog walker, perchance, as dogs and walking are two of my favorite things.
Tell us one thing you’d love for the families for Crescent Heights to know about you.
I’m super fun but super strict. I have high behavior and academic expectations for my kids. I will love your kids dearly but hold them to a high standard of behavior and push them to be the “best” they can be as a person and a student.
Thank you Jen!