2018-19 GLOBAL INNOVATION AWARD WINNER

MEREDITH JONES

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For our second interview, we spoke with Global Innovation Award Winner, Meredith Jones.

What’s your title and school location?

Teacher, Mission Park Elementary School

How many years of teaching/experience?

11 years

What brought you to Salinas City Elementary School District?

I had moved to the area with my husband for his job. He is a local to the Salinas Valley, but I am from a town outside of Sacramento.  I had heard from a good friend teaching in SCESD was awesome! She told me that SCESD had small classes and there were a lot of opportunities to teach and grow. SCESD will soon be where my children will attend school.

What keeps you motivated and inspired on a daily basis?

My colleagues! I have an amazing team that continues to push me to be better and to teach better daily. 

What does your award mean to you?

This award was so exciting to win! It meant even more getting it from Krysta Bradley. We were both on the EIT committee and it is so encouraging to work with like-minded people. There are a lot of people who have supported me over the years in SCESD and I definitely couldn’t have won this award without them.

This award is also very humbling. Teaching can be a thankless job at times. However, we don’t go into this job expecting awards and recognition. Oftentimes, our wins are celebrated quietly in our classrooms. Being able to celebrate this award with my team, my school, and my family has left a very special place in my heart. 

What is the most gratifying thing about your job?

I love being able to come to work everyday with a fresh start. Every day is a new day and a new opportunity for success! I love coming to school every day knowing that 23 little kids will be greeting me with a smile and an eagerness to be in our classroom, a classroom we built together.  

Any advice for new educators?

Do not be afraid to try new things in the classroom! Make teaching fun and laugh with your students every day!