PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR
Arizona Intermediate School Principal
Dr. Jason Jones’ 15 years of experience as a teacher, counselor, and assistant principal has been preparing him to serve as a middle school principal. His doctorate degree in educational leadership, with an emphasis in educational justice, shapes his commitment to ensuring that equitable opportunities are available to all students and communities. This has revealed itself in the re-launch of after-school programs, earning distinction as an AVID National Demonstration school, and establishing a culture of continuous learning on campus. His ability to work collaboratively with others to achieve those goals and milestones is due to what colleagues describe as his “creating a culture of caring” and “seeing strengths and abilities in teachers that are oftentimes unseen by others.” Arizona Intermediate School has received multiple awards during his three years as principal—including a case study by Ten Marks, an Amazon company, that showcased the school’s success in teaching mathematics.