College of The Albemarle (COA) is proud to announce Leah Jones as its 2019 Teacher of the Year. Jones is Assistant Professor of Reading and English and has been employed at COA for 15 years.
In the past year, Jones has made great strides in enhancing her students’ classroom experience in Developmental Reading and English courses. She modified and created six assignments, including games and collaborative writing into three different courses. Additionally, she used a music theme in certain courses to support diverse learners and connect to real-life situations. Jones also altered final exams for the Development Reading and English courses to use read aloud applications through Moodle and Google applications, helping to meet the needs of diverse learners in her classes.
Laura Morrison, Chair, English and Communications Department stated, “Leah has taken on many responsibilities such as chairing our Global Distinction Curriculum Committee, serving as Phi Theta Kappa faculty advisor and lead instructor for our second semester composition courses. She has served her students diligently; always reflecting on her own teaching and making changes to improve courses throughout her tenure at COA.”
When asked how Jones felt to be nominated for the award, she shared, “It feels good to receive recognition for what so many of us do. Teachers pour so much of ourselves into our students, colleagues, and the profession, and I am grateful to know that this work is seen and appreciated.”
Jones was presented the award at the Elizabeth City Chamber of Commerce’s annual Teacher of the Year Celebration on May 1, 2019.