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Sheila Jones

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A veteran of the Georgia educational system, Sheila Jones directs the daily activities and planning for the Partnership for Reform in Science and Mathematics (PRISM) as the initiative's Program Director. On a daily basis, Jones is involved in PRISM on every level from the local community to each of the four regions as well as the overarching direction statewide. As Senior Executive Director for Georgia Pre-school - Post-Secondary (P-16) Programs with the University System of Georgia, Jones was instrumental in securing the PRISM grant from the National Science Foundation.

Jones directs activities for all of the PRISM initiative, which includes state-sponsored programs, six partner higher education institutions and the four regional partners. Active in every aspect of PRISM, Jones can be found across the state participating and offering hands-on leadership with the initiative's regional Teacher Leadership Conferences, Learning Communities, the PRISM Institute and more.

"The beauty of PRISM is that it enables us to connect content at the higher education level with teaching methodology at the K-12 level," says Jones. "In addition, the new Georgia Performance Standards requires that children's different styles of learning be accommodated and we feel science and mathematics are the ideal subjects from which to start differentiated learning."

Previously Jones provided leadership for the University System of Georgia's P-16 initiatives including coordinating the Georgia P-16 Network, serving as the project director for Georgia's Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology grant from the U.S. Department of Education, and as a Master Teacher in Residence during modification of the state's educator preparation programs.

Her statewide work in education is based on 21 years of experience as a teacher of secondary mathematics at Douglas County High School, where she served as department chair and Action Research Coordinator. She also received the Georgia Council for Teachers of Mathematics Roundtable Mathematics Teacher of the Year award and was twice named the Douglas County High School Teacher of the Year. 

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