This November, a tri-county chapter of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) named Barbra Jones as the Brunswick County recipient of its Outstanding Educator award. Jones is currently the Headmaster of Douglass Academy, a public charter school in downtown Wilmington.
The award presentation occurred at UNCF’s annual Community Banquet and was attended by UNCF State Director Marilyn B. Richards. An event publication describes Ms. Jones’ 25 years of experience and leadership in public education.
It states that, “Jones began her career in Houston’s storied Wesley Elementary, a school nationally recognized for its exceptional academic performance with a 100% economically disadvantaged population.” Jones was then recruited by Houston’s 62,000-pupil Aldine Independent School district to fill the position as a Title1 teacher for two years before being named an Assistant Principal and then Principal. Jones joined the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo as the Executive Director of the Rodeo Institution of Teacher Excellence in 2009.
In 2011, Ms. Jones relocated to North Carolina to become the Head of New School Development and Community Relations for The Roger Bacon Academy, Inc., an educational management company based in Leland, NC. In 2013, Jones became Headmaster of Douglass Academy, a tuition-free, public charter school in downtown Wilmington.
“I am grateful to have been selected for this award,” Jones said. “It demonstrates the ways in which UNCF actively evaluates and participates in education, down to the community level. I am pleased that they have recognized the work taking place at Douglass Academy as an outstanding educational example.”
Eunice King, Chairwoman of Brunswick County’s UNCF chapter, commended Jones’s ability to engage her community. “Barbra becomes a participant in the lives of her students and their families, creating continuity between school and home. It creates a purposeful environment at her school that we hope this award will encourage others to replicate.”
Douglass Academy is a public, tuition-free charter school in downtown Wilmington offering a classical curriculum and tours each weekday between 8-10:30am. Open enrollment for the 2015-2016 year will run January 1-31, 2015. For more information, visit www.DouglassAcademy.net