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Kelly Jones, Region VIII Teacher of the Year, Featured in Cooperative Living Magazine


(EMPORIA) Kelly Jones, a social studies teacher at Greensville County High School (GCHS) has been named Teacher of the Year for Region VIII of the Commonwealth of Virginia for 2015. Region VIII consists of Greensville County and 11 others — Brunswick, Mecklenburg and Halifax, northward to Charlotte and Lunenburg, Prince Edward, Nottoway, Amelia, and Cumberland, and westward to Buckingham and Appomattox.

Dr. Angela Wilson, superintendent of Greensville County Public Schools, had the privilege of making a surprise visit to Jones’ classroom on Sept. 17 and announcing the news to her in front of her students. Afterwards, Jones was presented an array of balloons, flowers and congratulatory letters from Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe and Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven Staples. Since that time, she has received numerous commendations including letters from state senators, the director of the Virginia Education Association (VEA), GCHS Principal Noah Rogers, and GCHS Assistant Principal LaMeka Harrison.


Kelly Jones (seated center) has been recognized as Virginia Regional Teacher of the Year for 2015. For the past three years, educators from the Greensville County Public School system
have been selected for this honor. Superintendent Dr. Angela Wilson (standing) recognizes
the three educators for their distinction: (from left, seated) Shawnta Posey-James (2014),
Kelly Jones (2015) and Cynthia Whitaker (2013).



Superintendent Wilson comments, “My associates at Greensville County Public Schools and I are privileged to work with a host of talented teachers. Kelly Jones brings to her classroom optimism and a relentless passion for her students and their learning. We congratulate Kelly and thank her for her service.”

Jones is the latest in a long line of talented teachers joining six other Greensville County Public School (GCPS) teachers who have been selected regional teacher of the year since 1995. GCPS is also on an impressive streak with the last three regional selections (2013, 2014 and 2015) all hailing from their system. Cynthia Whitaker, a sixth-grade mathematics teacher was selected for 2013, and Shawnta Posey-James, an earth science teacher who has been an educator for 14 years, was selected for 2014.

Jones, Posey-James and Whitaker are featured in the most recent edition of Cooperative Living magazine, which arrived in the mailboxes of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC) members last week. MEC President and CEO John Lee states, “Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative congratulates Ms. Jones for her recent recognition as being one of the ‘best of the best.’ We are very proud of her and all those who are responsible for education in the areas we serve. The Cooperative recognizes the critically important role that education plays in the overall well-being of Southside Virginia; and, on behalf of those we serve, we strongly support our school systems and those who work diligently to provide our areas’ youth with an education that will allow them positive choices in the future ... which may very well be one of life’s most valuable gifts.”

Cooperative Living is the membership publication of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative and 11 other consumer-owned electric cooperatives.  It is published 10 times annually by the Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives and has a circulation of more than 500,000, making it the largest-circulated publication produced in Virginia. To view the article about Kelly Jones, go to www.meckelec.org/coliving.html and select November/December 2014.



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