Our latest Shrimp Tank podcast episode featured our guest, Erin Jones.
Erin Jones has been involved in and around schools for the past 26 years. She has taught in a variety of environments, from predominantly Black to predominantly White to some of the most diverse communities in the nation. Erin received an award as the Most Innovative Foreign Language Teacher in 2007, while working at Stewart Middle School in Tacoma and was the Washington State Milken Educator of the Year in 2008, while teaching at Rogers High School in Spokane. She received recognition at the White House in March of 2013 as a “Champion of Change” and was Washington State PTA’s “Outstanding Educator” in 2015.
After serving as a classroom teacher and instructional coach, Erin worked as an executive for two State Superintendents. Erin left the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction 5 years ago to work in college-access at the school district level. She left her job to run as a candidate for State Superintendent and was the first Black woman to run for any state office in Washington state, a race she lost by a mere 1%. Erin has given TED Talks which can be found on YouTube. A few samples of her TED Talks are “Passion for Change” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQ7xY60a6z4 and “Be A Bridge” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFc9axy2ktQ.
Erin has two children in college, one who works full-time and plays rugby, and a husband, James, who is a teacher in North Thurston School District.
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