November 07, 2011
TCTL Fellow Lisa Jones grows her own at Watkins Elementary
Department of Education profiles one of our own.
No doubt about it, the best part of my job as teacher liaison for the Education Department is getting to watch teachers who are really great at their jobs caught up in the art of teaching.
This happened not long ago, when I tagged along for a morning in the third grade classroom of Lisa Jones, a District of Columbia Public Schools teacher at Watkins Elementary. As I arrived, Jones’s kids were collecting basil from their community garden, but Jones was harvesting something else altogether.
“Be nice, baby,” she said to a little boy having trouble sharing. “Always put out good energy. When you put out good energy, what comes back?
“Good energy!” he yelled and gave her a high-five.
It’s clear that Jones has a special knack for covering so much academic ground, while at the same time honing important interpersonal and teamwork skills.
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