Principal Willis-Jones’ Message
It has been an honor to be a part of the Jeanerette community both as an educator and a parent. Jeanerette is a place where students succeed at high levels and where families are involved. It is a beautiful school tucked away in a quiet scenic corner of Iberia Parish. It provides a perfect setting for children to grow and bloom. Thank you for sharing your children; they are truly a gift to us.
For those I have not yet met, let me briefly introduce myself. My husband and I are longtime residents and have lived in this area for over 14 years. I am a parent of four children, Markham (17), Hannah (12), Christian (8) and Christopher (8) all of my children attend local Jeanerette schools. I began my teaching career at Jeanerette Elementary as a Special Education teacher. I taught for 8 years at JES, 2 years at Johnston Hopkins and finally I’m beginning my 6th year as administrator at Jeanerette Elementary.
One of our goals at Jeanerette Elementary is to serve and nurture all our students. This aim begins with our Pre-Kindergarten class. We are committed to making every year an exceptional experience for all students. Our teachers work together interdependently in order to impact their practice in ways that would lead to better results for students, teams, and our school. Our goal is for teachers to engage in collective inquiry to identify essential student learning, create lesson plans, develop assessments, analyze scores and set achievement goals. Our focus is to ensure that our students receive the best instruction from an action oriented team of teachers.
Your child's elementary school years are a special time in his or her life. During this time children undergo important developmental changes. It is also a time when children become more autonomous and they transition from "learning to read" to "reading to learn." It is my belief that parents are the first teachers of their children and they play a central role in their child's education. I invite you to participate in open, honest and continuous communication with your child's teachers to ensure a successful home-school partnership. I encourage you to tell our teachers about your child's needs throughout the year so that he or she has "THE BEST" educational experience.
As principal, it is important for me that my staff, parents and students become partners in this journey that we have embarked upon. It is essential that all of us come to school every day happy and ready give it our best. A positive attitude will enable us to become problem solvers in a fun nurturing environment.
This year is our first year as an early learning center servicing only grades PreK-2nd grade. As we embark on that journey we plan to focus on high quality effective instruction to promote early literacy skills. Jeanerette Elementary School is proud to be called a National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) Best Practice School and a Leader In Me School. We will continue to implement the Louisiana Student Standards which includes the curriculum: Wit and Wisdom and Eureka Math. Finally this year we are proud to become School Pantry provided by Second Harvest Food Bank.
I am here for you, your children, our teachers and our community, for it is all of us who have a vested interest and responsibility in education. I know that together our children will learn and grow into being productive students and citizens.
I look forward to meeting each and every one of you as the school year progresses. Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.