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Wendy Jones is UA's 2019-20 Teacher of the Year

Monroe, NC - Wendy Jones has been named Union Academy’s Teacher of the Year for the 2019-20 school year. Jones will now vie for the North Carolina Charter School Teacher of the Year. 

Jones graduated from Appalachian State and has 18 years of experience with half of those at CMS teaching third, fourth, and fifth grade before spending the last nine years teaching fourth grade at UA. In addition to her work in the classroom, Jones serves as the grade level chair and has served on the school’s teacher advisory council. 

Jones commented, “One of the best things about coming to work every day at a K-12 school is seeing the kids I’ve taught as they move on to middle school and then graduation. This year’s seniors are the first students I taught when I arrived at UA.”

A strategy Jones finds useful in her classroom is changing how students think about math through number talks. “I love seeing the kids get excited and having conversations about math. They learn new ways to access math and no matter the students’ strength in math, they add value to the conversation by finding ways to look for patterns within numbers.”

Emily McGinnis, the middle school principal, has worked with Jones for several years and appreciates Jones’ leadership. “Mrs. Jones supports me as a leader and challenges me to be a better administrator. She deserves to be recognized, not only for how her students perform on tests, but for how she makes them better people in the short time she has them.”

“I appreciate that UA trusts me to make decisions within the state curriculum to best serve the children in my class. I am honored that my colleagues consider me to be at the top of my craft and a worthy candidate to represent UA at the state level,” stated Jones.