About Jeff Jones

My family and I live in Wilmington, N.C.  I am Media Coordinator at Laney H.S.  Prior to that I was the Media Coordinator at Independence High School in Charlotte, N.C. for eight years.

I support the total school program including academic departments, fine arts, athletics, HOSA, FFA, etc. in any way that I can.

I am certified to be a Media Coordinator, to teach  ESOL/ESL or to teach music.

I have varied interests including books, computers, Internet, creating Websites, bicycling,  photography, singing, playing the ukulele and the guitar, SUP (stand up paddling) and kayaking.

I have three great kids and a wonderful wife.  My wife is a nurse practitioner and teaches pediatric nursing at a university.  One son works at a Wilmington hospital, one son teaches Exceptional Children in western N.C. and our daughter is a college student in Wilmington.

Profile

  • Strong leadership skills.  Excellent team-building skills.
  • Provider of outstanding service & support to the total school program.
  • 10 years of experience in elementary and high schools.
  • Motivated, dependable, personable and hard working educator with multiple college degrees and a successful track record in education, in bookstore management and in church work.
  • Flexible and versatile – easy to get along with and able to maintain calm and a sense of humor under pressure.
  • Thrives in deadline-driven environments. Handles a number of tasks efficiently and effectively.

Milestones

  • Along with another teacher at Independence H.S., planned and coordinated a spaghetti dinner fund raiser which raised $7,500 to benefit Haiti
  • Recognized several times at Independence H.S. with ‘Crystal Apple’ or ‘Mugs and Kisses’ for being a most helpful faculty member
  • Named ‘Key Communicator’ of the year for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District
  • Represented Chicora Elementary (N. Charleston, S.C.) at the national ‘America’s Choice’ convention in Los Angeles.  Made a presentation about the computer class for parents/grandparents/grown siblings in which class graduates received a donated used computer.
  • Presented a workshop for administrators of Charleston County Schools’ district 4 about his work at Chicora Elementary and about the computer class for family members.
  • Named ‘Teacher of the year’ at Chicora Elementary.
  • Nominated for Charleston County Schools’ ‘Rookie Teacher of the Year’

ResearchSmarts.com & Diigo.com bookmarks 

ResearchSmarts.com featuring a search of my “Research Smarts” Diigo bookmarks where I share recommended and useful Websites with friends and colleagues

Social Media

Flickr   |   MapMyRide

Skills

My Website ResearchSmarts.com features a search of my “Research Smarts” Diigo bookmarks .  I use it as a reminder to me of good Websites and resources as well as to share them with friends and colleagues

Communication

  • Communications / P.R.
  • Written Correspondence
  • Works great with children, youth and all ages
  • Trained Stephen Minister – providing care to hurting people

Computer & Technology 

  • VERY proficient with both P.C.’s and Macs
  • VERY proficient with ALL handheld devices including tablets, e-readers, and smartphones
  • Excellent computer trainer / leader
  • Excellent computer tutorial writing / technical writing of ‘how-to’s’
  • Microsoft Office Suite Expert (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher)
  • Photoshop Elements and other image software
  • Create and maintain Websites, Wikis & Blogs using self-hosted WordPress, Adobe GoLive (very similar to Dreamweaver), Microsoft SharePoint, Joomla, HTML, PHP, etc.
  • Web 2.0 tools including Diigo, Prezi, Animoto, Kidspiration, Wordle, Edmodo, Fakebook, blogging, QR codes, Google Apps, Noodle Tools and many more.
  • Online databases including NC WiseOwl, EBSCOhost, ProQuest and much more.Internet & Searching

Library Science

  • Behavior & classroom management  
  • Research, databases, and citations
  • Organization skills
  • Internet use and search
  • Web 2.0 knowledge and use
  • Creating book displays
  • Creating publicity materials
  • Outstanding service

Music

  • Play and teach the Ukulele
  • Play the Guitar
  • Play the Piano
  • Sing
  • Read Music

Photography / Videography

  • Photographer – specializing in landscape, panoramas,  and events
  • Videography – specializing in sports videography, landscape and events

Media Coordinator

The Media Center shall…

  • be a ‘learning commons’ – the heart of the school
  • be welcoming to students and staff
  • promote reading
  • teach computer literacy
  • teach research skills.
  • be ‘drama free’

Education & Certification

  • Masters of Library & Information Science (MLIS) – School Library Specialization – University of South Carolina
  • License Areas – N.C. Public Schools – #00076 – Media Coordinator (Grades K-12)
  • Passed the ‘Library Media Specialist’ Praxis (0310) on 04/20/02.
  • Passed the ‘Principles of Learning & Teaching K-6′  Praxis (0522) on 03/06/04.

Profile

  • Exceptional technology skills
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Proven track record of providing support to the total school program
  • 10 years of school experience in elementary and high schools.

ResearchSmarts.com & Diigo.com Bookmarks

My Website ResearchSmarts.com features a search of my “Research Smarts” Diigo bookmarks .  I use it as a reminder to me of good Websites and resources as well as to share them with friends and colleagues

My GoodReads.com lists – https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/27258947-mediacenter

Projects that I hope to work on or expand in the near future

ESOL / ESL Teacher

Vision of ESL/ESOL Role – English As Second Language teacher provides students with the vocabulary and grammatical stuctures needed for both school performance and everyday living.  Works with classroom teachers to develop a support structure and curriculum to ensure ESL students’ success.

Licenses / Certifications

Profile

  • Creative, patient, encouraging and organized teacher – experienced working with ESL, Exceptional Children and high poverty students
  • Flexible and versatile – easy to get along with and able to maintain calm and a sense of humor under pressure.  Thrive in deadline-driven environments.  Ability to handle a number of tasks efficiently and effectively.  Excellent team-building skills
  • Expert computer user and computer teacher – fluent with teaching resources, computer operating systems, software and Internet use (for search, research, Web 2.0, etc.)
  • Motivated, dependenable, personable and hard working educator with a successful track record in communication, education, in bookstore management and in church work

Education & Experience

Education

University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C
MLIS, Master of Library & Information Science
Graduated May 2004
University of S.C. is an ALA Accredited University
 
University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Greensboro, N.C.
Department of Library & Information Studies – Distance Learning
Completed three courses in 2001-02 and then transferred to U.S.C. when we moved to Charleston, S.C.
 
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky.
Master of Arts in Christian Education with an added emphasis in Music Leadership
Graduated 1985
 
Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, N.C.
Bachelor of Arts in Music Education
Graduated 1979

Experience

  • Have served in schools with 300-2,700 students and 35-250 staff members
  • Have worked in elementary schools and high schools.  Elementary school included 6th graders one year
  • Served in high poverty school (99% free lunch / 99% African-American)
  • Collaborate with and support the staff in integrating technology and information literacy into their curriculum
  • Prepare and lead lessons to classes on research, online databases, citation, plagiarism/copyright law, etc.
  • Assist and train students and staff on using catalog, computers, software and the Internet
  • Troubleshooting computers
  • In addition to coordinating Media Center, performed in a variety of roles including: Webmaster, inventory specialist, co-produce student news show, key communicator(public relations and marketing), volunteer coordinator, make weekly ‘Connect Ed’ calls to parents, and more
  • Named ‘Key Communicator’ of Year for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools in 2009
  • Named ‘Teacher of the Year’ at Chicora Elementary in 2003
  • Provided computer classes for parents and grandparents and gave used computers to those who completed the class
  • Represented Chicora Elementary at the national ‘America’s Choice’ convention in L.A. in 2004 and made a presentation about the parent/grandparent computer class

Certification

General

  • Passed the ‘Principles of Learning & Teaching K-6′  Praxis (0522) on 03/06/04
  • Certified to teach as Media Coordinator, ESOL/ESL and in Music in North Carolina& in South Carolina
  • Completed Internship at West Ashley High School – December 2004
  • Student Taught in music in five of Shelby City School’s elementary schools in 1979.
  • Passed the National Teacher’s Exam in January of 1980.

Media 

  • N.C. Public Schools License Area #00076 – Media Coordinator (Grades K-12)
  • Passed the ‘Library Media Specialist’ Praxis (0310) on 04/20/02

ESOL ESL

  • N.C. Public Schools License Area applied for
  • Passed the ‘Eng to Speakers of Other Languages’ Praxis (0361) on 09/21/2013 (qualifying for N.C.)

Music

  • N.C. Public Schools License Area #0800 – Music (Grades 8-12)
  • Passed the ‘Music Concepts and Processes’ Praxis (0111) qualifying for N.C. on 01/10/2004
  • Passed the ‘Music Conent Knowledge’ Praxis (0113) qualifying for N.C. on 03/06/2004