A math teacher at a private nonprofit middle school in southeast Atlanta has been honored by the Science Channel.
Atlanta resident Valerie Camille Jones, of Ron Clark Academy, was recognized in the network’s monthly Science Super Heroes initiative for her work in STEM and her participation in the World Science Festival held in New York City.
Ron Clark is known for its unorthodox engagement methods, and Jones’s teaching style is no exception.
She “frequently dresses as a Poke Ball” and her classroom looks like it’s “straight from the set of Willie Wonka,” according to a Science Channel news release.
The school’s co-founder and executive director, Kim Bearden, called Jones “truly extraordinary.”
“Dr. Jones is a phenomenal educator who has had a significant impact on both her students and fellow educators,” Bearden said in an email.
Jones is one of three teachers recognized in May by the Science Channel. The honorees, who are highlighted on-air and across Science Channel social platforms, will work with representatives to mentor and foster science-minded youth in their community.
Jones has also won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and recognition by Congressman John Lewis. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Spelman College, and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Georgia State University and Columbia University, respectively.
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