Congratulations, Mrs. Traci Jones!
2015-2016 Teacher of the Year
“I was called to teach my junior year while walking across the Mercer University college campus. Since answering that call, I have spent 33 exhilarating years—not going to work—but going to school. My joy has been teaching every grade and every level in my 7-12 English certification —from 8th grade college prep to 10th grade Special Ed inclusion to AP Language & Dual Enrollment English 1101/1102 to 11th & 12th graders. And at four schools—Irwin County High School & Junior High, Vidalia City, Lee County High School and Colquitt County High School. After school, I spent over 30 years directing plays, coaching public speaking activities and judging high school fine arts competitions; I mentored new and future teachers and lead hundreds of current teachers in curricular support. My influence has helped equip over 3,000 young people with finding their voices and acquiring the tools needed to express themselves, think critically and read closely. I am grateful daily for the privilege of teaching and doing so with such fine people—the students and staff at VECA.”
---Traci H. Jones, VECA ELA, 2015