IN RECOGNITION OF DR. VALERIE JONES; Congressional Record Vol. 161, No. 140
(Extensions of Remarks - September 28, 2015)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E1371-E1372]
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                            HON. JOHN LEWIS

                               of georgia

                    in the house of representatives

                       Monday, September 28, 2015

  Mr. LEWIS. Mr. Speaker, I rise in recognition of Dr. Valerie Camille 
Jones, Ed.D. an educator at the Ron Clark Academy located in my 
congressional district. I am proud to share that the President of the 
United States recently honored Dr. Jones with the Presidential Award 
for Excellence in Mathematics and

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Science Teaching (PAEMST), which is our country's highest honor in math 
and science for teachers.
  For over 15 years, Dr. Jones has served her country and the people of 
Metropolitan Atlanta as a teacher. Dr. Jones earned her bachelor's 
degree in Mathematics at Spelman College and continued her studies by 
earning master's and doctoral degrees in Education from Georgia State 
University. As you may know, Mr. Speaker, both of these wonderful 
institutions are located in Georgia's 5th Congressional District.
  Dr. Jones is greatly respected for her creative approach in making 
the most difficult subjects accessible and tangible to her students. 
Dr. Jones teaches her students how to effectively use mathematical 
models as communication tools. In the classroom, she develops art and 
video games simulations to connect students to math and coordinates 
field trips to provide real-life examples of angles and forces for 
struggling geometry students.
  Not only does Dr. Jones' innovative and creative approach help 
students develop the critical skills they need to compete and thrive in 
today's world, but she also goes out of her way to share these 
effective teaching techniques with over 17,000 teachers across the 
country and around the world. As you can see, Mr. Speaker, Dr. Jones is 
a wonderful national and international model and practitioner in the 
field of education.
  Today, I join the President, the administration, the Ron Clark 
Academy community, and Metropolitan Atlanta in congratulating Dr. Jones 
on this prestigious honor, and thanking her for her tireless work and 
support of the most precious and beloved members of our community--our 
youth--our future.