Teacher of the Year

Ashley Jones Named DCHS Teacher of the Year


By MaKylla Underwood

  Because of her passion for teaching and her love for both students and coworkers, Ashley Jones has been named Dodge County High School’s 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year.

  “I am very thankful to have been selected by my fellow peers,” stated Jones after school administrators presented her with the award.

  “We are very proud for and of Mrs. Jones,” said DCHS Principal Dr. Susan Long. “She positively touches the lives of staff members and students each day. She is the epitome of what the Teacher of the Year should be, and we are proud to have her represent Dodge County High School.”

  Jones has been a teacher for 10 years, five of which have been at DCHS. Prior to returning to her alma mater, she taught early childhood education in Pulaski County and family and consumer sciences in Houston County. She now educates her students in the three-class Food Science and Nutrition Pathway, which includes nutrition and wellness; food for life; and food science courses.

  Jones graduated from DCHS in 2004 then continued her education at the University of Georgia. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education, she earned  her Master’s of Education Curriculum and Instruction degree from Georgia Southwestern University.

  Jones is a co-sponsor of FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) and works with students who participate in the culinary component of DCHS’ NASA HUNCH (High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware) program.

  Last year, under her tutelage, five students competed in the NASA HUNCH Culinary Competition at the regional level in Huntsville, Alabama, and the national level in Houston, Texas.

  Jones said being named Teacher of the Year is “a humbling experience.”

  “I love working here at DCHS! I love my peers and my students, and it’s a great place to be.”

  She is married to Claye Jones, and has 3 sons: Jack (8), Andrew (4), and Ryan (3).

  Pictured (l-r): Assistant Principal Richard Gay, DCHS Teacher of the Year Ashley Jones, Principal Dr. Susan Long, and Assistant Principal Pam Melvin