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Name: Donna Jones
Job title: Williamstown Elementary School first grade teacher
Number of years spent working at WHS: 29 years
Educational background: Bachelor’s degree from Thomas More College and Master’s and Rank 1 from NKU
Hobbies: I’ve always enjoyed playing tennis and hope to get back into the sport for fun and exercise. My husband, Will, and I intend to spend lots of time enjoying the farm.
Clubs/organizations: Most of the organizations I belong to are school related such as KEA and WEBO. Retirement will most likely bring some new opportunities. I hope to participate in the One-to-One Reading Program at WES.
What is the funniest thing a student ever said to you: Years ago a little boy presented me with a brooch in a box. I thanked him for his thoughtfulness and told him how much I liked it. I said, “You really didn’t have to do this.” He said, “Don’t worry about it - Mom couldn’t sell it at the yard sale.” It only made the moment more memorable.
What is the one thing you’ll miss the most after retirement: I’ll miss the excitement of watching children become readers. I’ll also miss my friends who pop in each day just to say Hi and share a few moments of their day with me.
Favorite book: From childhood, I have enjoyed the story of Heidi and her grandfather who lived together in the Swiss Alps.
Favorite song and type of music: I enjoy soft rock and many of the old traditional favorites. After the kids Spring Concert, I may have to say that “You Ain’t Nothing But A Hound Dog” will be one of my favorites.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why: I think Ireland with its beautiful countryside and old castles would be a wonderful place to visit. For now, I will be glad to just visit Ashland, Ky. and spend some time with my grandchildren.
Tell one thing about yourself that might surprise your friends and family if they knew: My family knows me pretty well, but friends might be surprised to know that I have a twin brother and that there were eight children in our family - which included three sets of twins.
Best advice you’d give to a parent/guardian: Spend quality time with your child. Read to them, with them and allow time for them to read to you. Make learning a part of your everyday routine- observe nature, count the change in your pocket together, check the time on the clock, write notes on a calendar, visit the library together. Enrich their lives.