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OHS teacher finds her calling

first_imgHome Local News Education OHS teacher finds her calling Previous articleWest of the Pecos RodeoNext articleFormer county judge named TAC Executive Director admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Odessa High School behavior support teacher Dr. Frederica Jones’ name plate on her desk. (Mark Rogers/Odessa American) 1 of 3 Facebook Registration set for engineering camp Pinterest Local NewsEducation OHS teacher finds her calling By admin – May 31, 2018 OCA top 2 were ESL students From outward appearances, it seems Jones was destined to become an educator, but that wasn’t always the case.She dropped out of high school at 16.“By the age of 19, I had three children, so I was actually a teenage mother. I just made a lot of bad choices. I actually just decided I wanted to make a change in my life. The only way I saw to be able to do that is I just recommitted myself to Christ,” Jones said.The church she was a member of, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Shreveport, was full of educators — principals, teachers and superintendents — and that was an inspiration to her.“… I think that was my calling. I think dealing with children who have behavior issues, at-risk children, I know that’s my gift because I have a natural way of dealing with the children because … I was one of them at one time,” Jones said.As a young girl, she had behavior problems that stemmed from not being able to grasp her lessons.“I was pretty and popular and didn’t want to threaten that position or be labeled as dumb. Therefore, I would misbehave and get put out and not own up to the fact that I was not understanding,” Jones said in an email.She added that these are things she sees every day when working with special education students.Jones said her church in Shreveport pushed her away from education, but she has the type of spirit that if you tell her she can’t do something, she’s going to prove you wrong.“I like solving problems. I like to find out what’s the root of the problem. Most educators don’t want to deal with kids who have behavior problems and I invite the children who have the behavior problems,” she added.After earning her GED in 2003 and her associate degree, she felt so good that she just kept going.Her first year of teaching was in 2007 when she completed her bachelor’s degree.She completed her master’s degree in 2011, but it was a big challenge because she was diagnosed with a Chiari malformation that caused a lot of neurological problems.She had to have brain surgery, but two weeks later, she was back in the classroom because she was determined to complete her degree.The surgery was in 2011 and she’s still adjusting. Jones said she was diagnosed with a learning disability after the surgery.Jones is now dependent on learning things visually, so she could not take her doctoral courses online.Starting out, she and members of her cohort went to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor about twice a month, and as she earned more credits, once a month.“I give God the glory because as I said the degree does not belong to me because I know that the purpose of this degree is to show other people that it’s not how we start, it’s how we finish,” Jones said.She added that she wants to be an inspiration to students and others.Jones has been through the ECISD principal’s program and is already enrolled in a principal certification program.However, she wants to become an assistant principal.“… I know being an assistant principal I would be able to reach a lot of the children and help solve problems and be a motivation to those children,” she said.Jones has three children, one of whom is deceased, and three grandchildren.Her son lives in Shreveport and her daughter, Brandy Vinson, is a special education teacher at Bowie Middle School.Jones said Vinson has a master’s degree and is planning to earn a doctorate.At first, Jones said Vinson fought the idea of furthering her education and just wanted to earn her bachelor’s degree and teach.“Education has been part of my life since I was a little girl. Watching my mother, ‘a high school dropout,’ pursue her GED and then her first degree helped me to know anything is possible,” Vinson said in an email. “My mother inspires me in many ways to continue my education and to become a lifelong learner. She always says, ‘It is never too late to pursue your goals’ and that education is key.”“I’m walking in her footsteps as I pursue my doctorate degree. I am super proud of her! She tells her testimony and so do I hoping this motivates students to strive for excellence. In her words, ‘the best is yet to come!’” she added. Virgin Coco MojitoFoolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinSlap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasserolePowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Odessa High School behavior support teacher Dr. Frederica Jones in her office Monday. (Mark Rogers/Odessa American) Twitter Facebook Pinterest Noel earns award WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp When Odessa High School teacher Frederica Jones earned her degrees in higher education, she wanted to prove a point: It’s not how you start; it’s how you end up.A native of Shreveport, La., Jones has racked up an associate degree from Southern University, a bachelor’s degree and master’s in business administration from Wiley College and Belhaven University, respectively, and most recently a doctorate in education from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.She is now a behavior support teacher at OHS who helps children who are emotionally disturbed, autistic or have behavior issues, but has aspirations of becoming an assistant principal.Certified in special education, she has finished her third year with Ector County Independent School District. Odessa High School behavior support teacher Dr. Frederica Jones in her office Monday. (Mark Rogers/Odessa American) Odessa High School behavior support teacher Dr. Frederica Jones’ name plate on her desk. (Mark Rogers/Odessa American)last_img read more

UE technology and engineering community 3-D prints face shields

first_img“I really feel like since this is a community problem, it needs a community solution,” said Winans. Abigail Winans is a junior at Union-Endicott who is also a member of the Tiger Tronics club. But the teachers are not doing the work all alone. Winans has a 3-D printer at home and with access to the files she is also able to help print the shields. A small group of Union-Endicott High School teachers are using their time at home to make a difference not only for their students, but for the community, 3-D printing face shields for health care workers. “This is something that we do a lot with our students. We design different projects, 3-D printer projects, we kind of thought this would be a great way to show them the usable, tangible, feature of their education,” said Union-Endicott High School engineering teacher Corey Munn. Many admit it’s put them to the test, especially with hands-on subjects like technology and engineering. Union-Endicott High School technology and engineering teacher Mike Wichowski called it a change of pace. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — Teachers around the Southern Tier are adjusting to online learning. “I always did like technology but I feel like my love for technology started there,” she said. The teachers involved were able to bring home the school’s 3-D printers and found free files from the Budman Industries website to make the shields.center_img Helping her play a small part in making a big difference for those in our own backyard. “Even though I’m so busy because I’m trying to keep my life filled and enriching despite school being closed, like I said, it has come down to being the press of a button. If I can help someone stay safe by pressing a button, then I’m going to do that all day long,” said Winans. “It’s been a great community effort printing these out and getting them to our healthcare workers,” said Munn. If you know someone with a 3-D printer and are able to donate supplies, filament, transparency pages, and elastic are all helpful. They’ve already cranked out dozens, donating them to local EMS crews and the supply drop off location at the Oakdale Mall. “Where we’re finding issues is being able to bridge that gap between what we’re able to do in school versus what students can do at home with different resources.” said Wichowski. For more on the coronavirus, click here. “We are currently in the process of making another 50. And then hopefully after that another 50. Try to meet the need for what is out there,” said Wichowski. It’s a process she says isn’t hard.last_img read more

COVID-19: WHO urges everyone to stay home and play games

first_imgWHO general director Tedros Adhanom said it’s perfectly normal to feel stressed, confused, and scared right now.He advised that we talk to people we trust, and even help others in our community. Supporting those in need can help you as much it would them, he reasoned.So definitely be sure to check in with neighbours, family, and friends. While observing lockdown rules, of course. It’s a weird time, and I imagine a lot of you are stressed or nervous or upset. For whatever it’s worth, it will all be alright in the end. We just have to ride this out together and focus on the positives of staying at home – because there are positives.One such positive is that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has actually advised us all to stay in and play games. Adhanom added that we should also “listen to music, read a book, or play a game,” which is the bit I can really get on board with. In fact, I’d imagine most of us are more than happy to accept these particular doctor’s orders.Read Also:Messi gifts €1m to hospitals to combat coronavirusIf you’re not sure what games to stuck into over the next few weeks, we’ve got you covered. We’re more than happy to recommend relaxing games that’ll chill you out, open world games to lose yourself in, all the free and cheap games you can get your hands on right now, and the games you can play with your kids to keep them entertained.Just don’t forget to spend some time outside every day though – exercise is still important, eh?You can read Adhanom’s full statement on the WHO’s official site – and remember: This will pass, so try not to worry and just take this as an opportunity to get stuck into some games. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Advertisement Okay, so there was a little more to the advice than that, but I take my wins where I can get them. Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?center_img Take that, mum and dad. I’m gonna hide in my room and play FIFA or Football Manager for ten hours. Not for me. For the world That’s right – the one thing our parents hated us doing when we were growing up is now a doctor-approved way to save thousands of lives. If ever there was a time to catch up on that shameful backlog of video games that you’ve been building up since forever, it’s now.It can’t have escaped your attention that we’re in the middle of a global pandemic, with the overwhelming advice from experts around the world being to remain indoors and slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) so we can fight it. Loading… WHO recently held a media briefing on the best way to handle coronavirus, with a number of recommended actions individuals can take to get through this trying time.One of the crucial things to remember is that we have to look after out mental health over the coming weeks.last_img read more